Issue 503 June 14, 2005

...Better Transit Needed on Long Island

Starting today,  the LIRR will be holding three public meetings for its Main Line Corridor Improvement project. The LIRR is considering the addition of a third track to the LIRR’s Main Line and eliminating five street level railroad crossing along a 11.5 mile corridor from Queens Village to Hicksville. The meetings begin the environmental review process.

According to LIRR, the project would increase transit service by 28% to meet anticipated customer demand by 2025. It would especially benefit those “reverse” commuters who currently face up to two hour waits as all trains travel westbound in the morning and eastbound in the evening peaks. A recent Newsday story noted that 120,000 people commute from the city to work in jobs on Long Island every day. LIRR project documents say more transit will help Long Island communities become more attractive to young, working homeowners and help keep the Island’s youth at home. The project would eliminate grade crossings at Covert Ave, 12th Street, New Hyde Park Road, School Street, and Urban Avenue. These would be replaced with bridges or underpasses to improve local traffic circulation even as train volumes on the Main Line increase.

The Campaign, in a coalition with fourteen other Long Island environmental, transit and business groups, strongly supports this project as an important foundation for transit ridership growth and transit-oriented economic development. Hearing details are provided in our calendar, and written comments are due August 31 to Peter Palermo, LIRR Public Affairs, Jamaica Station-1131, Jamaica, New York 11435.






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