Rallying To Reactive Rockaway Rail Line

Rallying To Reactive Rockaway Rail Line

Photo Courtesy Philip McManus

Photo Courtesy Philip McManus

Philip McManus, founder of the Queens Public Transit Committee, left; Rockaway resident Carol McEvoy; Public Advocate candidate Cathy Guerrero; and Rockaway resident Ron Carroll were among a crowd of people who attended a rally last Saturday in Far Rockaway to support reactivating the Rockaway Beach Rail Line.

The Rockaway Beach Rail Line, decades ago, ran from Rockaway to Rego Park. A number of residents and area leaders, including Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park), state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), and U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Queens, Brooklyn), have thrown their weight behind a proposal to reactivate the line that they say would bring needed public transportation, as well as economic rejuvenation, to the Rockaways and South Queens. Others have proposed turning 3.5 miles of the abandoned line into a park similar to Manhattan’s High Line.



  1. Philip McManus

    Dear Neighbor, 

    We need your help.  Are you tired of dangerous, overcrowded, unreliable, dirty, slow roadways, buses and trains? Do you want to get home faster from work or school?  Get organized and fight for a better standard of living for you snd your family.  Queens and the outer boroughs are being harmed by a Manhattan centric City Hall who divides, separates and isolates our people.  We must unite for faster and safer transportation.  Vision Zero is killing us with long, slower more congested roadways.  City Hall is stealing our time, freedom and prosperity.  Look at Rockaway Queens.  Why is it that this small community has two toll bridges, terrible roadways, long unreliable A and Shuttle train service, half their beaches are closed to swimming, most of the boardwalk is unfinished, no Playland, no Peninsula Hospital, no movie theaters, no chain stores, large areas of vacant ocean front property from urban renewal, high unemployment, poverty and crime? 
    The answer: CITY HALL AND CORRUPT POLITICIANS.  It’s time we organize and fight back. Join our group, Queens Public Transit Committee, Philip McManus, 718-679-5309, PhilAMcManus@gmail.com 
    United We Stand!  One for all, all for one!  

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