How many summer mornings have you woken up thinking, Today’s the day I’ll learn to surf, or What a beautiful day to go to a beach lacking in buried syringes, then considered the schlep to Far Rockaway and curled back up on your mattress? Lame, you guys — commit! I’ve traveled to this gem of Queens real estate by train (F to the A from Park Slope), bus (B44 to Q35 from BedStuy), and car (nondescript sedan). And yes, each trip — even driving — took more than an hour. In my opinion, it’s totally worth the time investment (bring a book), but a new company called Rockabus is launching this weekend to make the commute to the coast a little less draining. The service, which runs between Rockaway and Williamsburg (pickup at Union and Meeker – we triple checked with the Rockabus people!), will cost $10 one way and $18 round trip. And to kick it off, you can ride it free all this weekend.
Rides to and from Shore Front Parkway at 86th Street in Rockaway are free this weekend. Just get a wristband from an attendant at each stop pre-boarding and post-wipeout. The bus runs every 40 minutes from 9:30am – 6:55pm Saturday and Sunday. We’ll see you this weekend, Rockaway fish taco in hand, and check back for our review: was the Rockabus really worth it?
Follow Kelly as she hitches a ride to Rockaway Beach: @iamkellymurphy.