Finally, a bit of good news for folks in the Rockaways. After facing several more months of delayed service due to Hurricane Sandy, the MTA launched a temporary, free “H Shuttle” this morning between the Far Rockaway-Mott Ave. station and Beach 90th Street. “The A train tracks from Howard Beach to the Rockaways were almost completely destroyed by the storm, and replacing them is a tremendous undertaking,” explained Governor Cuomo today. “While that work continues, this new shuttle service will help improve travel for people in the Rockaways who are still recovering from Sandy’s effects.”
The new H train will operate between the Far Rockaway-Mott Ave. station and Beach 90th Street. Four cars will serve riders every 15 minutes from 4-12am from Far Rockaway, and 4:30-12:30am from Beach 90th Street. After taking the H, residents can transfer on to the A train or take the Howard Street Bus. The MTA would like to remind passengers that the Howard Beach-Far Rockaway shuttle bus will continue to run 24 hours a day throughout the week.
Brought in from Ozone Park in Queens, the 60-foot, 80,000 pound R32-type subway cars were moved across the Cross Bay Boulevard Bridge to reach their new home. It looks like the Rockaways are on the road to recovery and ready to get moving again.
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