alloboard wrote:[*-)] In terms of common sense I knew there was a direct line (track ramp) that runs from Far Rockaway to Rockaway Park. I rode the A and S trains on March 2 2011 at the curve Where The eastbound Rockaway Park branch and westbound Far Rockaway Park branch curve northward there is a one track ramp that links both lines. How come there is no service that allows trains to run straight from Far Rockaway to Rockaway Park or vice versa? Instead you have S train shuttles running from broad channel to Rockaway Park. It makes no sense.This is an example of how corrupted and outdated our nation's rail system is compared with Europe Spain Japan and China. How embarrassing!!!
here we go again, someone thinks there is aproblem and they start with the "rest of the world" argument. It makes complete and total sense if you just remember the one of the most important rules in business;
if no one is going to need it or use it, what's the point of doing it.
there is no demand for such a service. infact, the last time such a line ran, Rockaway residents hated it.
then there are the operational facts.
#1, Hammels wye, which is what the connection in question was called, is single tracked. That by itself woulf acutally cut the possible total number of toal trains such a service could run by 15% to 20%.
#2The conection does NOT exist for the sake of "common sense". the Rockway line was not built by the subway, but by the Long Island Rail Road. it used to be thru connected to what's now the Far Rockaway branch. the orginal bridges over Jamaica bay burned in 1950, after which the LIRR gave up and sold the line to the city, which beuilt the brgides and opened the line as an extenstion of the INd in 1956. The wye track is vestigal from that era.
#3 having the shuttle run to Broad channel is a same platform connection to the mainline. Changeing directions at beach 67th street would require you to go down and back up again, which might cause you to miss your connection, esspicaly if you are older or just no phsicly capible of doing stairs.