LC, that’s an interesting facet it self.
I do recall reading the entire line from the Rockaways to White Pot was sold to the city at that time just before the LIRR was owned by the state.
Now being owned by the state and operates by the same entity responsible for operating NYCT, I do wonder if they would have to Deed the line back to LIRR or just rebuild it let LIRR run on it.
Either way, I support LIRR re claiming this line. Fact is, regardless of the politics, and the trail lovers.
The rockaways have changed since they petitioned for NYCT to run the line in the 60s
Lirr could provide better and faster service even with PTC direct into both Brooklyn and 2 New York terminals.
The loop must be also be replaced making (A) Mott Avenue. Into (LIRR) Far Rockaway
This gives like a new badly needed motor yard in Rockaway Park, and provides for operational versatility that seems to be a long lost word in LIRR operations.
Also the LIRR Rockaway Beach Beach traverses a north south section of Queens that’s starved without any rail transportation
Connections to the A
Could still be made, and most importantly, once the neighborhood sees the pros out weigh the cons they will slowly silence themselves over the tree hugging.