To The Editor:
The A train has been out of service since Superstorm Sandy devastated many areas of Rockaway. So I’ve been taking the Q52 bus to get home (at Arverne By the Sea). Based on my observations from waiting for Q52 at Woodhaven Boulevard near the J subway station, there are two to three Q53 to one Q52. I take the Q52 around 2:35 p.m. Usually my wait is around 20 minutes but a few times the waiting times were 40 to 60 minutes. And when it’s a long waiting time, the bus would be so crowded all the way to the bus’s front doors. Thank God the riders don’t show any negativity. Can’t say the same for one of the rude bus drivers who drove over every street bump. Also, when the bus is late, there is heavier traffic to deal with.
It’s understandable that the A train tracks need time for repairs, etc., but it would be great if the MTA can schedule more Q52 buses so the Rockaway residents can get home earlier to continue the cleanup after Sandy.
Is it possible to reopen the Rockaway Beach Line of the old LIRR train tracks so Queens can have a cross-town subway or a LIRR? This would help reduce overcrowding on buses and trains and decrease travel times within Queens. The East Side Access project of LIRR trains to the Grand Central Station may add to the goodness of reactivating the Rockaway Beach Line. I hope someone can help us.
Arverne by the Sea