Updated 11/05/2012 05:06 PM
Limited Commute Options Especially Trying In Rockaways
Many residents were trying to get back to work Monday, but it proved to be especially challenging in the Rockaways where trains have not been running since Sandy's arrival. NY1's Rocco Vertuccio filed the following report.
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People on the Rockaway Peninsula have always felt isolated from the rest of the city. And since Sandy hit, the area feels like what one resident described as a "dead zone."
For people without their own means of getting around the A train has in some ways been their lifeline to the rest of the city. The MTA says because Sandy caused so much damage to the Broad Channel crossing, A train service to the area could be out for months.
"It's insane, ya know this whole process is out of control man," said one Rockaways commuter.
To get to and from work commuters are relying on limited bus service. For some, that means taking several buses. A typical 45 minute commute could take more than three hours.
"I have been here since 5:30 I have to take the 22 to the 35 from the 35 to the 44," said one commuter.
Students who need the A train to get to school worry how this will impact their studies.
"It's a setback because it will take a lot of time I get home. It's dark, no electricity. It's gonna be tough," said one student.
Getting home from work is a whole other issue since the buses stop running at dark. Some don't have a way to get back home and many have to pay for a cab or car service to get home.
"I don't get out of work until five, it gets dark at five this is the problem. We can go to work, we can live somewhat normal lives, we can't get back to our homes," said one commuter.
"It's not easy but you do what you have to do to keep it moving," said another commuter.
The MTA plans to use flatbed trucks to transport subway cars to the peninsula this week. They'll be used to provide some temporary shuttle service on the peninsula itself. But to leave the Rockaways people will have to continue to rely on buses and their determination.
U.S. Postal Service officials announced Monday that letter carriers from Inwood, Arverne, Rockaway Beach, Rockaway Park, Breezy Point and Far Rockaway are now attempting deliveries across the Rockaways on Tuesday.
Customers in the ZIP codes 11691, 11692, 11693, 11694, 11697 and 11096 should look for letter carriers in areas that are passable. Any households that have to be bypassed on Tuesday should receive mail on Wednesday.
USPS officials ask for customers to wait for their mail before they travel to the Far Rockaway Main Post Office at 1836 Mott Avenue.
The Far Rockaway Main Post Office is still handing out mail to all post office box customers in the Rockaways.
No mail will be released without at least one form proper ID that includes a photo and current address, like a driver's license.
Package mailings and stamps can be made at mobile postal units outside the Far Rockaway Main Office and the parking lot of Kennedy’s Restaurant, 406 Bayside Avenue, in Breezy Point.
USPS officials urge customers who are displaced due to Sandy to submit a temporary or permanent change of address to their new location, as either www.usps.com or by filling a form at any post office.
For questions or concerns, call 1-718-348-3900 or 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777).