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11/21/2012


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Post-Hurricane Sandy update: MTA offers free shuttle service to Rockaway Peninsula



The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) began offering a free shuttle service yesterday to the Rockaway Peninsula that extends out from Long Island, N.Y.

MTA New York City Transit's Rockaway Line service will remain disabled for the next several months due to the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy, MTA officials said in a prepared statement.

MTA took the unprecedented action of moving subway cars by flatbed truck onto the Rockaway Peninsula and setting up a temporary shuttle service, they said.

Starting at 4 a.m. yesterday, the fare-free H Shuttle began running between the Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue Station and Beach 90th Street, making all intermediate stops. Service will operate on both tracks between Far Rockaway and Hammels Wye, and then on a single track into and out of the Beach 90th Street Station, MTA officials said.

The rarely used Hammels Wye is the point where a single track connects the Rockaway Line, then divides to serve Rockaway Park and Far Rockaway.

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