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Rockaway Residents Rally For Return Of Abandoned Subway Line

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A group of residents from Rockaway rallied Saturday for the return of a long abandoned subway line.

The Queens Public Transit Committee picketed in front of the Mott Avenue station.

They are protesting the possible conversion of 3.5 miles of the old Rockaway Beach Rail Line into a High Line-style park.

They say a train line would raise the standard of living of residents in the area.

They argue that the lack of transportation to Manhattan puts Queens residents at a disadvantage.

"I think it would be great to take into consideration the fact that some students are going through three boroughs to get to school," said student Silaka Cox. "Not just me, but there's a lot of students to go to school in Manhattan. It would just take a burden off of them if they just had a shorter commute."

"The biggest frustration is that it takes an hour and a half to get into Midtown Manhattan, and it could actually take a half hour or 40 minutes to get into Midtown Manhattan," said Stanley Schulman, a Rockaway Park resident.

"We do not want a park to stop us and divide Queens. We want to unite Queens," said Philip McManus, the head of the Queens Public Transit Committee. "The way to unite Queens is with the train."

Two city firms have been chosen to do a feasibility study on building the park.

The state is pitching in $400,000 for the project.

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