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Posted by Barb on Thursday, November 21st 2019:

In Reply to: SUBWAY LINES IN BROOKLYN, AND THE OTHER BOROUGHS posted by Nate Goldman on Monday, November 18th 2019:

While living in Brooklyn and working at a couple of different locations in Manhattan, I rode the BMT and IRT lines. There was talk of extending the IRT from its Flatbush-Nostrand Avenues (aka, "The Junction) down to perhaps Avenue U. But, since that never happened, I had to take the bus down to Avenue P. From the BMT which went all the way to Coney Island, I had to take the Avenue R bus. There weren't bus-train transfers back then, but, hey, I think the fare at that time was $.10-.15. I never used the IND trains, so I'm not familiar with that line.

When I moved to Staten Island in the late '60s, the only train line was the "Toonerville Trolley" which only traversed the eastern part of the Island from at the north the St George Ferry Terminal to Tottenville at the southern end. It was part of the B&O Railroad back then. It had an east-west freight line which was abandoned once the city took over both lines from B & O. Since none of the subway cars fit the Staten Island track, the city used old Long Island Railroad cars which matched the gauge. The old east-west line has never been utilized locally, so the north and west shore residents have to use autos on the parkways and the erratic bus-lines for their commutes. I, too, have heard that a tunnel was started for a subway line connection. There is a lot of development ongoing here, and the traffic congestion is almost to nightmare proportions on twisty narrow roads that were originally Indian paths.

I cannot understand why the city hasn't opened abandoned old B&O east-west line to provide those residents some access. The tracks are there, rusting away, and there could even be access to New Jersey over the Arthur Kill, the slim waterway between Staten Island and New Jersey which is crossed by an abandoned turnstile bridge there. It could hook up to the Bayway Station on one of the Jersey commuter trains.

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