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Subway service to return to Rockaway in June

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The MTA is set to restore subway service to the Rockaways in June for the first time since Superstorm Sandy knocked it out of commission, agency officials said Tuesday.

 

The MTA is set to restore subway service to the Rockaways for the first time since Superstorm Sandy knocked it out of commission, agency officials said Tuesday.

 

The $650 million restoration of a 3.6-mile stretch of the A-train track that goes from Far Rockaway-Mott Ave. to the Howard Beach station is slated to be complete by June, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

 

“Given the amount of damage and the dollar amount, we’ve done everything in our power to restore service as quickly as possible,” agency spokesman Kevin Ortiz said.

 

“What’s taken a long time to complete is the signal work for the entire line, which is an ongoing project,” Ortiz said. “We should be complete in the next month.”

 

The main signal tower at the Beach 116th St. station began working last week — the first time since the storm ruined all the transit equipment, he said.

 

Peninsula residents said they are ready for the return of the A-train after having to take a shuttle bus from the Far Rockaway-Mott Ave. station for months.

 

Far Rockaway resident Patricia Garcia said she has been facing two-hour commute times to Brooklyn every day.

 

“It has been a trek and a half, double than what it usually takes,” said Garcia, 23. “As much as I used to complain about the A-train and its service, I seriously miss it.”

 

Jason Keane, 33, who lives on Beach 138th St., said mass transit has been at all-time low throughout the peninsula since Sandy hit.

 

“The MTA is a little more than an unreliable quagmire of chaos whose service has been dreadful on its best days,” he said.

 

Elected officials called the A-train service essential for Rockaway’s recovery.

 

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Beach) said the area has faced enough challenges without having to deal with mass transit issues and lauded the MTA’s progress.

 

“While each day remains a challenge to rebuild and recover, it is even harder without crucial transportation service,” he said.

 

MTA officials said they have worked to get the line back on track since the historic hurricane.

“There was an incredible amount of damage from the storm,” Ortiz said. “We’re doing everything we can.”

 

Read At: NyDailyNews

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Some outdated picture they decided to use lol.

So it would seem.

 

Well many wanted the R32 swap between the (A) & (C) to happen, so I suppose this is considered a form of appeasement.

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So it would seem.

 

Well many wanted the R32 swap between the (A) & (C) to happen, so I suppose this is considered a form of appeasement.

That was gonna happen to begin with, in fact we could see 32s on the (A) going only to Howard Beach for a few days before service is restored, the swap should occur Memorial Day weekend. They might even make the (H) full length too, even for a few days, and 32s could very well be sent down there. They probably won't even need a diesel to send cars down there.

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That was gonna happen to begin with, in fact we could see 32s on the (A) going only to Howard Beach for a few days before service is restored, the swap should occur Memorial Day weekend. They might even make the (H) full length too, even for a few days, and 32s could very well be sent down there. They probably won't even need a diesel to send cars down there.

 

Yeah, I hope the summer swap runs from May 25 to September 27 with all 32s to the (A) and half of its 46s to the (C). It would be cool to also see the return of those double or triple R42 trainsets to the (A) as well. Looking forward to fanning through the Saint Nicholas Avenue/Central Park West, 8th Avenue and Fulton Street express as well as across Jamaica Bay and through the Rockaways.

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