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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has not provided enough buses for commuters. They have ignored our requests for more buses, longer buses, more express buses and 24-hour service for the Q52 and Q53. Some 35,000 Queens commuters have been affected by the loss of the A train. Thousands more have to cope with the overcrowding on buses due to this displacement. We need more regularly scheduled buses, not random, haphazard and inadequate service.

Hurricane Sandy happened six months ago and Queens commuters from Woodside to Rockaway are waiting longer to get on a late, unreliable, dangerous and overcrowded bus. This is a disgrace and must be corrected now.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, where are you and will you help us?

I also support the reactivation of the unused Rockaway Beach line of the Long Island Rail Road. It used to take 35 minutes to go from Rockaway Park to Pennsylvania Station. This train track is one to six blocks from Woodhaven Boulevard and runs parallel to it.

It is common sense to reactivate this community asset to enhance Queens transit. We have 2.2 million people in Queens and our population is growing. We need more trains, buses and trackage.

The Woodhaven Boulevard, Queens Boulevard, Van Wyck Expressway, Belt Parkway and Long Island Expressway corridors have too much traffic, accidents, construction, disabled vehicles, trucks, buses and sanitation, police and fire vehicles. There are too many variables to keep buses on time, reliable and not overcrowded without a significant increase in the amount of buses.

We also need to reduce air pollution, gas consumption and vehicle and pedestrian injuries and fatalities. We need the best alternatives to relieve the current and future traffic delays and congestion to our transportation system.

The RBL is the right public transit option to address this growing problem. This dedicated right of way will avoid and help alleviate the associated traffic problems on the Woodhaven Boulevard corridor. It would also move more people more efficiently throughout Queens to Midtown Manhattan.

People would be able to connect to more subways and buses and the LIRR from Queens and may also avoid the overcrowded subways of Manhattan.

Commuters and tourists from across the region would use the RBL to live, work, shop, eat and play in Queens.

It would improve Queens crosstown transit and bring more people together and reduce travel times. The RBL would increase business, employment, economic development, property values, tax revenues and educational opportunities for many Queens communities.

It takes 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours to cross over Queens by public transit with many unnecessary transfers. It takes 55 minutes to cross Manhattan. It is wrong for Queens residents to travel longer. Nobody wants to travel that long. Let us help unite and improve public transportation for Queens and the city. Reopen the RBL.

We need an unbiased, legitimate study to determine the real benefits. It has cost south Queens billions of dollars and thousands of lives are being adversely affected by the loss of the RBL since 1950.

Please sign two petitions to reactivate the line: and

Are you tired of longer travel times and dangerous, overcrowded and unreliable trains and buses? Let us get organized.

Join our group, Queens Public Transit Committee, to help fight for better transportation. Contact Philip McManus at or 718-679-5309.

Philip McManus

Rockaway Park

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brian j.mcmanus from belle harbor, queens says:
great piece phil! you are 100% correct.
May 28, 2013, 6:51 pm
bob rocco from huntington says:
Since Arverne, where we almost completed a purchase, I have been interested in the Rockaway Beach line. The transmigration of the Rockaways can be at least partially laid on the transportation disenfranchisement caused by abandoning the Rockaway branch of the LIRR. The whys and wherefores are almost obscure; what is not however is that the transportation infrastructure, eg RAILROAD, NEEDS TO BE REACTIVATED!

Good points taken fellas, lets go back to the future and RESTORE the Rockaway branch.
Oct. 4, 2013, 12:53 am
Philip McManus from Rockaway Park says:
Dear Mr. Rocco,

You are correct. Rockaway and the Rockaway Beach Line were redlined by the city government. The City is to blame for the mismanagement of our poor people, city housing, transit system, roadways, infrastructure, mental health, health care, schools, beach protection, sewage plants, etc.
The ironic part of this is the blame game for the people of Rockaway and poor neighborhoods. It's our fault for the problems. What an elitist joke.

Please join in our fight to take back our government for the people.

Please ask your family and friends and commuters to sign our petitions to support the Reactivation of the Queens Rockaway Beach Line, the New Queens Crosstown, eliminate the toll on the Queens Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge for everyone and expand the Queens Rockaway Ferry:


Philip McManus
Queens Public Transit Committee

Dec. 25, 2013, 9:47 pm
Philip McManus from Rockaway Park says:
Dear Friends,

We truly believe faster transportation for Queens is the key to our recovery, our unity and our renaissance.

We need to attract more people with more money to create more jobs, more income and reduce unemployment, crime and suffering.

Faster transportation with more access to social, economic, and environmental opportunities will unite the people of Queens and help them increase their income.

Fear of crime in some areas divides, separates and creates poverty.
We must unite and fight for faster transportation and prosperity.

We need your help to win the Queens Rockaway Beach Line.

Join our Drive By Rally for the Queens Rockaway Beach Line, the new Queens Crosstown. We are looking to increase our public exposure.

Sunday March 9, 2014
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Queens Boulevard
and Woodhaven Blvd.
2:30 pm

Metropolitan Avenue
and Woodhaven Blvd.
2:45 pm

Jamaica Avenue
and Woodhaven Blvd.
3:00 pm

Liberty Avenue
and Cross Bay Blvd.
3:15 pm

Please confirm your attendance. We need your help.

We will be carpooling.

We are looking at going to four Queens locations with posters for the Queens RBL.

Please try to make it. It's mostly a photo opportunity. Fast and furious.

Ask your closest family, friends, transit advocates to volunteer.

We need a driver for each vehicle to move immediately if necessary, no parking delays.

Less than 15 minutes at each location.

We have seven confirmed volunteers.

We are looking for two types of volunteers.

Volunteers who can go to all four locations with a carpool.

And volunteers who can come to one location only.

Tell them less than 15 minutes at each location.

My son will drive an eight passenger van.

Don't forget to confirm your attendance.

God Bless you.

Please ask your family and friends and commuters to sign our petitions to support the Reactivation of the Queens Rockaway Beach Line, the New Queens Crosstown, eliminate the toll on the Queens Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge for everyone and expand the Queens Rockaway Ferry:

Philip McManus
Queens Public Transit Committee


Feb. 28, 8:37 am

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