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N.Y. MTA restores train service to Rockaways after Sandy

Posted on May 30, 2013

MTA New York City Transit operated a R1/9 Nostalgia Train on Thursday, May 30, 2013, to help inaugurate the return of A Train service to the Rockaway Peninsula after Hurricane Sandy.

MTA Photo/ Kevin Ortiz
MTA New York City Transit operated a R1/9 Nostalgia Train on Thursday, May 30, 2013, to help inaugurate the return of A Train service to the Rockaway Peninsula after Hurricane Sandy.MTA Photo/ Kevin Ortiz
New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) subway service to the Rockaways resumed today for the first time since Hurricane Sandy devastated the area last October.

Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff, MTA representatives and local elected officials reopened the line with a ceremonial ride from Howard Beach to the Rockaways onboard a vintage IND subway train. There, they greeted customers and welcomed them onto a newly rebuilt subway line.

The MTA has performed more than $75 million worth of work to restore subway service to the Rockaways, and has spent an additional $9 million to operate replacement bus and subway shuttle service. Hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of additional infrastructure work remains to fully restore all elements of the Rockaway line to the condition it was in before Sandy struck. Funding was supplied by the Federal Transit Administration, which has allocated almost $3.8 billion to date to help the MTA recover from Sandy.

A northbound A train about to pass on the adjacent track. Photo: Marc A. Hermann / MTA New York City Transit
A northbound A train about to pass on the adjacent track. Photo: Marc A. Hermann / MTA New York City Transit
The MTA served Rockaways customers during months of construction by trucking a small fleet of subway cars to the Rockaways, where they served as the free H shuttle along a portion of the line. A free shuttle bus ran between the Far Rockaway and Howard Beach stations, and extra buses were assigned to other routes in the Rockaways. However, many customers experienced longer and far more crowded rides.

The 3.7-mile stretch of the A Line between the Howard Beach and Broad Channel stations is the most exposed area in the New York City subway network. For much of this distance, the line runs between Jamaica Bay and the Jamaica Wildlife Refuge. Both scenic and vulnerable, the low-lying line absorbed punishing blows from a combination of high tide and surging waters from the bay.

Sandy sent waters crashing over and under the tracks, twisting steel rails, destroying the electrical and signal infrastructure and washing out hundreds of feet of track support. Saltwater inundated everything that remained, leaving behind tons of wreckage and a monumental cleanup and repair job, according to the MTA.

Train Operator at the controls. Photo: Marc A. Hermann / MTA New York City Transit
Train Operator at the controls. Photo: Marc A. Hermann / MTA New York City Transit
To rebuild from this catastrophic damage, construction contractors and transit employees worked virtually nonstop since early November, removing debris, filling in washouts, repairing track, and replacing signals and wiring in an effort to repair an historic level of damage, MTA officals said.  

Figures associated with the repair job include:
•    Mobilized more than 45 pieces of heavy equipment for cleanup and reconstruction efforts
•    Located and delivered over 20,000 tons of new material including track ballast stone, Rip Rap stone and Jetty stone
•    Removed more than 3,000 tons of debris from the site
•    Installed 600 of steel sheeting at the major breach to restore the fresh water pond
•    Installed over 20,000 linear feet of new fencing
•    Delivered and poured more than 3,000 cubic yards of concrete to fill and repair the two major breaches, the largest of which was 270 feet across

The Rockaway branch of the A Line was originally built by the Pennsylvania Railroad as part of what is now the Long Island Rail Road.

 

A ceremonial Nostalgia Train crosses the South Channel Bridge on its way to Rockaway Park. Photo: MTA New York City Transit / Marc A. Hermann
A ceremonial Nostalgia Train crosses the South Channel Bridge on its way to Rockaway Park. Photo: MTA New York City Transit / Marc A. Hermann

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