The Rockaways

Select Bus Service: More like Select BS against the Queens Drivers. A catch-22, which is good for Straphangers and bad for drivers.

The Ghost of Robert Moses has struck again.

Another major arterial street bites the dust to the claws of Select BS.

Loss of parking spaces, loss of revenue for small businesses, increased gridlock, more double parking, more safety problems: It's inevitable.

Sandy gives a major wakeup call to the MTA by be adaptively resilient to future storms.

Implementation: Going to happen anyway; Major construction: Uncertain because of the Trump Administration.

Hold the phone, folks. If I understand the law correctly, the parking of commercial vehicles on city streets (including trucks, taxis, etc., especially overnight, is ILLEGAL. Just because it's not regularly enforced, doesn't make it any more permissable.

To all constituents along the RBBL, if either your City Council member, your Mayor, your state Assembly member, your state senator, your governor, or your U.S. representative doesn't support Queensrail, vote them out through the strength of numbers thanks to large turnout, by targeting them. Do it towards your city elected officials this year and your state and federal elected officials next year.

We are going to spend millions of dollars to have cashless tolls? How about we get rid of the tolls especially to a small isolated Queens community that has been separated and redlined by our government for 80 years. Why does Rockaway have tolls in the first place? Corrupt leaders and real estate developers. Get rid of the tolls on our bridges and unite our borough and our city. People avoid tolls which divides our city. Stop discriminating against Queens and the outer boroughs. Give us back our time, freedom, safety and prosperity. Who wants to pay $8.50 to go to the beach when I can go to Coney Island or Long Island. Wake up and get organized. Join the Queens Public Transit Committee at 718-679-5309 or

Perhaps Sonny Corleone would be alive today if our tolls were equipped with "Cashless Tolling".

=More profits for car rental companies such as Avis who charge you the "cash rate" when you use their EZPass.

More cashless tolls = More important vehicles = More essential revenue = More air pollution.

If only in the future that the Q52 SBS will be extending into the Downtown Far Rockaway Central Business District because of the already proposed, current and future commercial and residential redevelopment there.

Just like the great Assemblywomen her mom was, I have no doubt at all that Stacey will continue on to work hard and help all of her constituents. We are all proud of her.

Really, the City is working with Jamaica residents (and the Rockaways) to improve their health, while in the meantime, the poisonous waste transfer facility, Royal Waste, is smack in the downtown Jamaica area, surrounded by hundreds of homes/apartments and across from a public park (Detective Keith Williams Park). NEWSFLASH, remove this poisonous facility away from the downtown area and put it in an industrial area far from homes and people, I mean that would be a BIG way to improve health, considering that Jamaica has the highest rate of asthma in the city (and who knows the cancer rate) caused by such facilities and the diesel fueled waste trucks carrying their poison 24/7. I mean if this fucking city really cared, this would be top priority, but of course they don’t. In the meantime, since you know the city is not going to do crap about this (mainly because it is in a color of community and and a lower economic area), follow these few steps folks: NO FAST FOOD, it is poison. Fruits & Vegetables and NO, potatoe chips don’t count. Exercise. Jamaica Ave has four gyms just between 170th Street and Parsons Blvd. Stop SMOKING CIGARETTES. If you are going to smoke go 420 natural. Stop eating processed food, again, it is POISON. If you don’t, you can use the coupon which is in the article above for St. Michael’s cemetery, which ironically was in placed in this article. How appropriate and how “ironic”.

It is essentially necessary to finish this ASAP to the ultimate state of good repair.

Select BS is going to create more gridlock for everyone including bus riders. Stealing traffic lanes, left turns, bus stops, speed limits, parking and putting bus riders on snowy medians is a recipe for disaster. It's time to get rid of Mayor Zero Vision and Select BS. Who ever our new Mayor is better reopen our roadways, railways, waterways and bring back our bus stops and speed limits. Queens needs faster and safer transportation not lies, gridlock and tickets. Say goodbye Mayor Chaos. Support the Queens Public Transit Committee at 718-679-5309 or or

2017: The year that will be determine which project(s) will be the winner(s) and which one(s) will be the loser(s): Either the Queensrail, the Queensway, the SBS, or the NIMBYs?

Hey Joe, I can understand your frustration. In regards to the street locations that are being renamed, the city hasn't decided as of yet on exactly which ones are going to be renamed. We will update that when it becomes available. If you have any tips on stories for us to cover please feel free to shoot us an email at We welcome any suggestions and will work hard to report on those issues. Best wishes to you and yours, -Charlie. (Beat Writer for Jamaica Queens)

THIS IS WHAT CITY COUNCIL DOES WITH A 32% RAISE – RENAME F**KING STREETS IN QUEENS – FORGET ABOUT DEALING WITH QUALITY OF LIFE ISSUES Really, 15 streets in Queens will be renamed, like there are NO quality of life issues that this inept city council should be focusing on. Instead of the Jamaica crew dealing with the years and decades of decay and not having proper services in the community or cleaning up, which all contributed to the violence in the area which killed 14 year old D’Aja Naquai Robinson a few years back by a stray bullet while riding the Q6 bus, well just name a street after her, because of course that shows you care and also you do not have to do any hard work on the big issues in the community. In the meantime, the Jamaica area is a big disgusting ghetto mess, but hey, just re-name a street, that seems to be the solution. How about re-doing the elected officials, but then in this community, the folks will either put the same useless folks in office (which they do) or just put in another do-nothing a-hole. Either way it is a lose-lose situation for the community and a big F**K YOU. And I love this one: Reverend Dr. James C. Kelly Sr. Way: Well-respected leader of the clergy of Jamaica I mean is there such thing as a “well-respected leader of clergy in Jamaica”. Well in the minds of the Jamaica zombies, I guess so. By the way Courier, you think you could have stated what streets these new names will be replacing. So frustrating with the lame elected officials and their bulls**t.

Great for my generation with technology; even better for the homeless while thinking that these newer buses are like the second home to them.

And the reason why Robert Moses has wanted to put tolls on this bridge was because he had "firmly" believed that the Rockaways was the part of Suburbia in Long Island, given by the physical, geographic, make up of the borough of Queens.

The listing says Rockaway Beach. QED.

This beautiful little bird has some powerful connections lol.

Learn to read a map. Beach 59th is Literally Far Rockaway aka 11691 zip code. At most, you can argue it being Arverne since it is a block away from 11692.

It's not in Far Rockaway. It's in Rockaway Beach.

Let me tell you and all of the people who supported Queensrail, or the reactivation of the Rockaway Beach Branch: Phil, I agree that we need to improve transportation for all users: bus riders, cyclists, drivers, pedestrians, subway riders, etc. Let's be realistic and serious - The MTA 2015-2019 Capital Plan was not approved by the Capital Program Review Board for the following reasons, in which the MTA still needs $7.3B for their program that was unfunded: 1) The MOVE NY Fair Tolling Plan and other forms of congestion pricing in NYC are out of the question because many elected officials and their constituents in the outer boroughs are firmly opposed these, due to the fact that some people have no other transportation options except driving a motorized vehicle point a to point b and they are the part of the working class; 2) The need for increased taxes in the MTA region are out of the question because both Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Republican Led State Senate are firmly opposed these; 3) The need for kicking the can down the road or playing political football by putting is now out of the question because remember, by June 30 of this year, the MTA are running out of their own money for not only this capital plan, but for billions upon billions of dollars in deferred maintenance via the state of good repair; 4) Borrow the $7.3B via bonds, which could lead to 7.3% fare and toll hikes on the top of the biennial 4% fare and toll hikes for bridges, tunnels, subways, buses and commuter rail; 5) A major dispute between Upstate New York, where they needed $22B for road and bridge maintenance, and Downstate New York, where they need $7.3B for mass transit maintenance; and 6) It is not only either a local, city, or state issue, but also a national issue - look at what's going on in Boston, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. (with the Metro once was shutting down for a day), Atlanta, Chicago, San Francisco (with BART was suffering major delays), and Los Angeles, where dozens upon billions of dollars in deferred maintenance are needed to be funded. Disclaimer: I am a Riders Alliance Member who is with many of my brethren during the MTA Board Meeting on that day. Note: Before you criticize me, take yourself in the mirror and ask yourself: Is NYC will have a next fiscal crisis because of this? And don't mention about fare evasion by the riders or the taxpayers who are footed the bill for this: That is the least of our problems. Disclaimer: Keep in mind that the MTA Chairman and CEO had said that they are taking this seriously as a long term project. The reasons: 1) According to the most recent U.S. Census in 2014, over 8.6 Million people are living in the 5 Boroughs, with the highest is in Queens, with a 5% increase; 2) Therefore, the more people coming in to a city, the more need for better public transportation in the short-term, the median term, and the long-term; and 3) Even the State Comptroller and now the NYC DOT Commissioner, who is also a Board Member of the MTA had said that this project is a big deal. As a peacemaker, let's come to a major consensus between your Queen Public Transit Committee, as well as my Riders Alliance and their allies, such as the Straphangers Campaign and the Tri-State Transportation Campaign. Let's bury the hatchet. BTW, the City of New Still owns it: It is the step in the right direction. However: The biggest obstacle is Governor Cuomo, and we all have a grunge on him, being a person who loves driving, even though he was born and raised in your home Borough in Queens. So Phil, I will put you, Allen Rosen, and all of your members of the Queens Public Transit Committee to look at the mirror and ask yourself: If you want the Rockaway Beach Branch to be reactivated for transit use, are you going after: 1) Governor Cuomo; 2) The State Legislature; 3) The Trust for Public Land; 4) The NYC DOT; or 5) Other Trnsportation Advocates such as the Riders Alliance. And don't blame on me: I I am just a "Rogue," Freelance, Reporting Researcher.

A more up-to-date map, which shows the Rockaway Beach Branch as a dashed red line... Note, the JFK AirTrain , shown in yellow... There was a proposal to run the AirTrain over the Rockaway Beach Branch, which would have given JFK passengers a quicker ride to midtown, but it was voted down...

In this old, old map, the Rockaway Beach Branch is highlighted in Red:

Here's a link to an informative , LIRR , historical website:

A graphic or map would have been helpful.

Phil you never give up thanks!

Garbage clogging up sewers and paving over every bit of green and removing trees and bushes to make everything all cement does not help.

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