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Full A train service returns to Rockaways May 30


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Photo  Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Amy Hausmann

Almost seven months after Sandy significantly damaged the A train in the Rockaways, the subway will fully start running in the area on May 30, the MTA announced today.

The storm washed-out 1,500 feet of tracks, and damaged miles of signal, power and communications wires. Two stations were also completely flooded and needed to be repaired.

Currently, the A line ends at the Howard Beach/JFK Airport stop.

Shortly after the shut down, the MTA started operating a bus shuttle between that station and the Mott Avenue stop in Far Rockaway

The transit agency also resurrected the H train on November 20. The line makes intermediate stops between the Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue and Beach 90th Street stations.

Both the bus shuttle and H train will be discontinued when full A train service is restored.

Following Sandy, a third option, a temporary ferry, was also offered to residents travelling to Manhattan.

Though full subway service is coming back, one local political wants the ferry to stay.

Assemblymember Phillip Goldfeder is asking residents to sign a petition to continue the ferry service from Beach 108th Street and Beach Channel Drive to Pier 11/Wall Street and East 34th Street in Manhattan.

“I am urging the city to maintain the ferry even after the subway service has been restored to give residents transportation options and speed our recovery,” said Goldfeder.

 

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MTA cuts shuttle service to Sandy-ravaged Rockaways


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Local and citywide leaders say the MTA is throwing the Rockaways under the bus.

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio joined with Assemblymember Phillip Goldfeder and Councilmember Donovan Richards in Far Rockaway on Friday, April 19 to decry the decreased shuttle bus service to the Sandy-affected peninsula.

A train service to the Rockaways last ran on Sunday, October 28 as the city buckled down for the storm, which left rails across Jamaica Bay severely damaged.

Since then, buses have run from the Howard Beach-JFK Station to the peninsula.

But on Monday the MTA cut bus service from 94 to 75 runs per weekday.

De Blasio contrasted the cuts with the transit authority’s new Cannonball train, a streamlined shuttle to the Hamptons. He said people with high incomes would benefit from the new train while low- to middle-income Rockaway residents would suffer from the cost-saving measure.

“The MTA can’t throw the Rockaways under the bus,” he said. “If it can expand service for Manhattanites weekending in the Hamptons, then it can afford to do right by hard-hit families in the Rockaways.”

Train service within Rockaway returned in December with the restored H train. It runs from the Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue station to Beach 90-Holland.

“This shuttle service provides an essential lifeline with the rest of New York City for our residents in one of the areas hit hardest by Sandy,” Richards said. “If anything, what we really need is more buses during peak morning and evening hours.”

Goldfeder, who has advocated for faster train service to the peninsula, noted that south Queens residents already have one of the city’s longest commutes to midtown. With families still reeling six months after the storm, the service cuts would be another blow, he said.

“Our communities are still struggling to rebuild from the damage caused by Sandy,” Goldfeder said. “And the last thing they need is to be nickeled-and-dimed for service that is crucial to helping them recover.”

The MTA, however, said the service, while decreasing, is shifting to streamline travel in and out of Rockaway.

“We’re actually improving service for the vast majority of customers who use the shuttle,” said MTA spokesperson Kevin Ortiz.

There will be more shuttle buses running during rush hours, and decreased service during slower hours, he said.

Oritz said the Cannonball train follows a route that has been in operation for the past century. He added that the only recent change was making the train leave from Penn Station instead of Hunters Point.

 

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New hours for free Rockaways “H” train


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Photo courtesy of MTA

Beginning tomorrow, the free “H” subway shuttle, which started running in the Rockaway Peninsula  after Sandy damaged the “A” line’s connection to area, will have new hours.

The “H”  line, from Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue to Beach 90th Street, will operate from 4:55 a.m. to 9:25 p.m., Monday to Friday, and from 4 a.m. to midnight on weekends.

From Beach 90th Street to Far Rockaway-Mott Ave, it will run from 5:10 a.m. to 9:40 p.m., Monday to Friday, and from 4:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. on weekends.

These changes were made to accommodate ongoing work along the line to restore full subway service in the area.

To connect to the rest of the city’s transit system, riders can still take a free shuttle bus from the Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue station to the Howard Beach/JFK Airport stop, where they can get the “A” train.

 

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“H” train merchandise to benefit Sandy victims


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The special subway shuttle that was set up last month on the Rockaway Peninsula after Sandy damaged the area’s transit is being honored with a limited collection of “H” line merchandise available through the New York Transit Museum store’s website.

The store, which already carries clothing and other items featuring the city’s subway lines, is selling t-shirts and sweatshirts with  a blue “H” subway logo  and “The Rockaways” or “Rockaway Shuttle” spelled out underneath, as well as magnets and pins. Additional merchandise may also be developed.

Proceeds from sales will benefit Sandy relief efforts through the Graybeards, a local nonprofit organization established in response to 9/11 and dedicated to the Rockaways community, said the MTA.

“The H Line has piqued a lot of interest in subway service in the Rockaways and, with the help of a few of our product licensees, presented us with a unique opportunity to promote the service and to provide tangible assistance to efforts to rebuild that community,” said Mark Heavey, MTA director of marketing and communications.

Currently the “H” line runs between Far Rockaway-Mott Av and Beach 90 St and connects riders to a shuttle bus providing service to the “A” train at the Howard Beach/JFK Airport stop.

According to the transit agency, the first “H” line (known as the “HH”) started running on repurposed LIRR tracks in 1956, and travelled from Euclid Avenue to either Rockaway Park or Mott Avenue in Far Rockaway. It stopped running in 1972, but in the late 70s, it came back as the “CC” train, then returned to the “HH,” and was shortened to just the “H” train in 1986. In 1994, it was again renamed as the “S” (shuttle) train.