MTA Restores A to Howard Beach

Map Graphic: A trains run between 207 street and both Howard-Beach-JFK Airport and Lefferts Blvd. Free shuttle buses run non-stop between Howard-Beach-JFK Airport A and Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue.

The MTA is restoring A Subway line subway service to the Howard Beach Station and adding a bus shuttle between the station and Mott Avenue in Far Rockaway.

This service restoration, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, will provide some level of transit relief to thousands of Rockaway Peninsula residents.

"This segment of the A Subway was especially hard hit, as was the Rockaway Peninsula and to be able to get service back to these neighborhoods is a priority for us," said MTA Chairman & CEO Joseph J. Lhota.

A Subway service to Howard Beach will begin at 8 a.m. Sunday, providing a foundation for a temporary bus shuttle service to the Rockaways. This special bus connection will remain in place until the heavily damaged subway infrastructure is replaced, a job that is expected to take up to six months.

The scope of the destruction was stunning. The North Channel Bridge, which connects Howard Beach and Broad Channel over Jamaica Bay, as well as a section of Broad Channel known as "The Flats" sustained a tremendous amount of damage. Hundreds of feet of track were destroyed on the bridge and the line segment that runs through the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. There is no working signal system, the rails are twisted and in some areas, the supporting roadbed is completely washed away. The Broad Channel station was filled with debris, including a jet ski and a speedboat.

The A Subway train, which normally runs to Far Rockaway and Lefferts Blvd, is currently terminating only at Lefferts Boulevard. Once service to Howard Beach is restored, the service will once again be split with half going to Howard Beach. A non-stop bus shuttle connection will operate between Howard Beach and the Far Rockaway-Mott Ave. station. Supplemental bus service on the Rockaway Peninsula will also be provided via the regular Q22 service, running between Far Rockaway and Roxbury. Bus service in the Rockaways at night should be possible with the use of light towers and as power is incrementally restored to the area.

Other customer options include:

  • From the Rockaway Blvd A Subway station, there is direct regular route limited-stop bus service to/from Rockaway Park, Beach 116 Street on the Q53, as well as to/from Arverne, Beach 69 Street on the Q52;
  • At the Brooklyn College/Flatbush Avenue station on the 2 Subway5 Subway there is regular route bus service on the Q35 to Rockaway Park, Beach 116 Street;
  • From the Parsons-Archer station in Jamaica on the E SubwayJ SubwayZ Subway trains, there is regular local and limited service on the Q113 to/from Far Rockaway, to Mott Avenue and to Seagirt Boulevard.

For up to date MTA travel information, please check Service Status on the MTA home page, and our special Rebuilding the Rockaways page. Customers are urged to use TripPlanner+ on the website to plan their trips, which takes into account all ongoing service outages through the system.