New York’s Iconic A Train to the Rockaways Resumes Service After Superstorm Sandy

train-symbol-imageSuperstorm Sandy wiped out many sections of all five of the New York City boroughs. Some of the worst destruction occurred to New York’s Rockaway Beach near Jamaica Bay. However, much progress has been made in that area, and New York’s iconic 1930’s-era A train was back in business last week for the first time since Sandy hit.

A Symbol of New York Resiliency & Recovery

Last October, Superstorm Sandy washed out 1,500 feet of track to the Queens peninsula, flooded the Broad Channel and Beach 116th St. stations and destroyed miles of power, signal and communication wires in the area. Restoring subway service to the Rockaways was not an easy task.

According to, it was actually an enormous undertaking for the Metropolitan Transit Authority, which had to remove 3,000 tons of debris from the tracks and restore stations and critical equipment before the trains could get going again.

Thomas Prendergast, the interim executive director of the MTA, said, “This was an all-out, seven-month, day-and-night effort to rebuild three-and-a-half miles of the A train service coming across Jamaica Bay.”

Yet, it seems to have been well worth the time and the $75 million price tag for repairs. New York Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Beach) summed up the MTA’s efforts in a recent New York Daily News article when he said, “I’m excited to have the A train back because it is a symbol of our resiliency and recovery.”

Are You Back In Business Yet?

New York is slowly but surely getting back in business. Unfortunately, many New York homeowners are still battling it out with their insurance companies – nearly eight months after Hurricane Sandy hit. It is likely that insurance companies who have not yet settled homeowners’ insurance claims are acting in bad faith. If you haven’t yet been fairly compensated, contact the New York City insurance claim attorneys at Belluck & Fox. We can help you get the compensation you deserve.