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Reactivating the Rockaway Beach Branch

This project is under consideration for potential inclusion in the MTA's next 20-Year Needs Assessment through a Comparative Evaluation with other potential projects.

The MTA comissioned a study to assess, at a sketch planning level, the feasibility and cost of restoring passenger rail service on the former Long island Rail Road Rockaway Beach Branch (RBB). In Phase 1 of the Study, we evaluated reactivating the branch as either:

  • Part of the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) Main Line or
  • Part of the New York City Transit (NYCT) subway Queens Boulevard Line (QBL).

In Phase 2 of the Study, we looked at linking the Rockaway Beach Branch (using LIRR service) to the Central Terminal Area of John F. Kennedy International Airport. This would support a possible one-seat ride between the airport and Midtown Manhattan (Penn Station and Grand Central Terminal).