Tucked away on the west side of the small town of Broad Channel in the middle of Jamiaca Bay is a narrow, dead end, street that goes by the name of West 12th Road. Those of us who live there know that the nice part about living in a small town is that when you are not quite sure what is going on, someone else always does!
[Peter J. Mahon West 12th Road, Broad Channel]
Supporters of restoring rail service along the old Rockaway Beach LIRR line held a “drive-by rally” Sunday along Woodhaven Boulevard, which parallels the right of way.
Stopping at Queens Boulevard, above, Metropolitan Avenue, Jamaica Avenue and Liberty Avenue, the advocates, including Rockaway resident Phil McManus, who created a group called the Queens Public Transit Committee, called not only for the reactivation of the former rail line, which connected Rego Park to the Rockaways, but also for more bus service in the borough, especially in southern Queens and the Rockaways.
The Rockaway Beach line stopped running in 1962, and the abandoned right of way, which abuts homes in Woodhaven, Rego Park and Forest Hills, is also being studied for a potential park similar to Manhattan’s High Line called the QueensWay.
Another study, looking at the feasibility of both rail and park, is being undertaken by Queens College.