Rockabus Cancels Summer 2014 Service to Prep for Expansion

By Katie Honan on May 21, 2014 11:38am 

 The beach shuttle has run from Brooklyn to the popular Queens beach since 2012.
The beach shuttle has run from Brooklyn to the popular Queens beach since 2012.
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ROCKAWAY BEACH — Rockabus, one of the original beach buses, won't run this summer as the owners prepare for a large expansion.

The company, which started shuttling people from Brooklyn to the popular Queens beach in the summer of 2012, announced on its website Tuesday night that it won't operate this summer.

"Over the course of two summers, we dealt with a major natural disaster, tightened regulations that limited the types of buses we can use, and other challenges that are unique to seasonal businesses," the owners wrote on the site, signing the letter "Ryan and Sam."

"Building Rockabus has been a learning process, to say the least."

Owners Sam Morrill and Ryan Hefner said they are "infinitely grateful" to the riders and the locals in Rockaway, and they plan to expand their operation.

"Make no mistake, the Rockabus will return bigger, better, and dare we say more rockin’," they wrote.

"This suspension in service will enable us to best accomplish that goal."

Similar buses, like the NYC Beach Bus, said they will continue to run shuttles to Jacob Riis Park and Rockaway.

The A train and MTA buses, including the Q35 from Brooklyn and the Q53 from Queens, also continue to run to Rockaway. 

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