workextra wrote:They wanted rapid transit so bad, they sure got it, in addition too all the rift raft that came with it.Haha, they aren't kidding when they say "mugger mover".
keyboardkat wrote:But as far as I know, the platforms are as they were built, but now in use by subway rolling stock.Doesn't that mean an extra 4" gap to the platform at present?
workextra wrote:I do wonder at times if the Rockaways would have become all run down and into a slum in the 60's had LIRR held down the service?Decline of the Rockaways [like Coney Island, Asbury Park, etc.] had a lot more to do with increasing personal mobility due to automobiles and inexpensive airflight than any change in the local transit system. As it became less expensive [relative to wages] to travel farther, the middle class started going much farther afield rather than visiting nearby beach communities.
northpit wrote:it wouldnt be to difficult to reconnect the branch,row is still there.it would be possible to connect the mainline at rego park to the lower montaukand atlantic branch at woodhaven.also far rock lirr stat. is roughly one block away from far rock subway stat.a short viaduct would reconnect the two,while im dreaming might as well reestablish the west hempstead-c l press connection, might get some cars off the road, funny how when all this existed for real,there was probably one tenth the population that there is now,i dont see how this would not be successfulUnfortunately, there's a shopping center now in between the LIRR Far Rock station and the subway terminal at Mott Avenue, where the yard and ramp up to the elevated structure used to be. But if you have the necessary multiple millions of dollars it would take to buy out the shopping center owners as well as all the retail tenants, plus funding the demolition of the terminal buildings and construction of the rail connection, then maybe it's a go! (And while you're writing checks, I could use some, too).