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Lawmakers Make Push To Restore Abandoned Rockaways Rail Line

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Some local lawmakers want a long-abandoned rail line restored to help Queens residents still recovering from Hurricane Sandy.

Congressmen Gregory Meeks and Hakeem Jeffries have joined Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder in requesting federal funding to restore the Long Island Rail Road's Rockaway Beach Rail Line.

They say the line could provide coastal areas of Queens with a direct commute to midtown Manhattan and connect Rego Park to the Rockaways.

And they say an extra line is needed because part of the A train serving the Rockaway peninsula has been out of service since Sandy hit.

"As a result of Sandy, we know that transportation infrastructure is absolutely key. Individuals in the Rockaways for example were stuck and stranded because of the lack of transportation," Meeks said.

The Rockaway Beach Line was created in the early 1900's and stopped running in the 1960's.

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