Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that a new free shuttle service dubbed the H train will begin providing service to residents of the hard-hit Rockaway Penninsula at 4 a.m. tomorrow.
â€śThe A train tracks from Howard Beach to the Rockaways were almost completely destroyed by the storm, and replacing them is a tremendous undertaking,â€ť Cuomo said in a statement. â€śWhile that work continues, this new shuttle service will help improve travel for people in the Rockaways who are still recovering from Sandyâ€™s effects.â€ť
According to Cuomo's office, the cars that make up the new service were trucked to the Rockaways after the A train tracks were destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.
â€śMTA New York City Transit has responded with unprecedented creativity to restore subway service to Rockaway customers,â€ť said MTA Chairman and CEO Joseph J. Lhota. â€śThis partial restoration of service is an important step for the Rockaways, but our work wonâ€™t be done until the A train is fully restored.â€ť
The Rockaways are still in need of basic relief aid like shelter, food and heat.