QueensWay Project

An abandoned rail corridor that runs through Queens has sat decaying and derelict for nearly 60 years. But this 3.5-mile stretch of long-abandoned rail line is packed with potential. The Trust for Public Land is working with Friends of the QueensWay, community members, and the City and State of New York to create the QueensWay. This elevated pedestrian and bicycle pathway would connect the communities of Rego Park, Forest Hills, Richmond Hill, Glendale, Woodhaven, and Ozone Park. This would provide much needed public green space, recreation areas, opportunities for safe alternative commuting, and community spaces to celebrate the cultural diversity of Queens.

According to a study recently released by the MTA, reviving this stretch for train use would cost as much as $9 billion – that’s more than $2 billion per mile! It would mean significant impacts to the quality of life of those living near the tracks including the closure of the Forest Hills Little league and road closures for construction, the complete rebuilding of nine bridges, the slowdown of trains on the Long Island Railroad and A service to the Rockaways, and minimal to no meaningful net transit benefit.

The residents of Queens don't need another train line – they need safe ways to walk or bike to home, work, and transit hubs.  We can turn a blighted stretch of railway into a family friendly linear park.

For more information, and to see the plan, visit thequeensway.org.  To support our efforts, donate online here.

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