Updated 03/23/2013 12:05 AM
Work Continues On Restoring A Subway Service To Rockaways
Engineers are hard at work in Broad Channel replacing cables and tracks along the A subway line, and although no clear date has been established, MTA officials say full service to the Rockaways will be back by June. NY1's Jose Martinez filed the following report.
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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says A train service will be back on track to and from the Rockaways by June.
Transit workers are laboring to replace the switches, signals and track supports washed out by Hurricane Sandy in October.
"If you drop chinaware or glass, you try to put the pieces back, just like a puzzle," said Kai Chan, a MTA engineer.
The agency says it can't pinpoint an exact date when the peninsula's vital transit link will be restored.
It's a complicated job. Hurricane Sandy devastated four miles of track, forcing Rockaways residents onto buses connecting them to the A Train at Howard Beach and leaving behind an enormous repair job that's still going on nearly five months later.
The storm flooded stations, wiped out vital electrical equipment and turned train tracks into dumping grounds.
"There were boats on this station, a bunch of debris from the ocean, some docks," said Raymond Wong, a New York City Transit infrastructure manager. "A fuel tank was on the platform. A jet ski was on the platform."
The Rockaways repair work takes up a big chunk of the $5 billion being spent to repair damage inflicted by Hurricane Sandy on the city's transit system.
When it's finally done, MTA officials say portions of the track will be shielded by a new steel wall and antiquated equipment will be replaced.
"Bit by bit, we're making progress, and again, we're really hopeful that we'll be able to restore service to and from the Rockaways some time in June," said Kevin Ortiz, a MTA spokesperson.
For people in the Rockaways, June 1 would sound a lot better than June 30. Until then, the sight of an A train rumbling on the tracks remains a memory to Rockaways locals.