Rockaway Rallies For Transportation
Demanding better transportation options for the Rockaways and Broad Channel, more than 60 people gathered near the Beach 116th Street subway station on Sunday, July 21st. Citing the need for economic growth and expanded opportunities, organizers stated their key goals are expanding regular and express bus services, adding more, faster trains, keeping the ferry, reactivating the Rockaway Beach rail line and eliminating the Cross Bay Bridge toll.
Speakers at the evening event included community leaders, elected officials and candidates, residents and civic activists. All spoke about how the needs of Rockaway need to be heard and not dismissed by City Hall.
Many touched on the difficulties the area has faced after Sandy. Others noted the potential for a fuller Rockaway renaissance. Some Staten Island residents noted how the fortunes of their borough changed after the introduction of the free ferry.
Said one man, putting a personal perspective on the issues, “I live here, live in the area. I commute. I have to leave home at five past five in the morning to get to a job in the city that starts at 8 a.m.”
One positive step forward noted at the rally is that the Q53 bus will begin operating 24 hours a day starting in September.