Transportation

Island airports land $2M in safety, infrastructure funds

By GREGORY ZELLER // Three Long Island airports will receive some much-needed infrastructure and safety improvements through a $20.5 million state spending package announced Monday. Suffolk County-owned Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Southampton will receive $995,000 to put toward a new air traffic control tower, the Town of Islip’s Long Island MacArthur Airport will receive $960,000 to offset the purchase of an 800-kilowatt diesel-powered generator and Brookhaven-Calabro Airport will get $54,722 for a new crack-sealing…

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Cuomo to MTA: Cut LIRR fares during ‘summer of hell’

By GREGORY ZELLER // Andrew Cuomo wants the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to give Long Island commuters a break. The governor on Monday called on the MTA to reduce fares for Long Island Rail Road passengers who can’t travel to Midtown Manhattan’s Pennsylvania Station because of Amtrak’s scheduled track-repair work this summer. Amtrak’s emergency repair work is slated to begin in July and run through September. While it’s ongoing, some LIRR trains will terminate at either…


New Frontier: Low-cost airline lands at MacArthur

Frontier Airlines will fly in and out of Islip beginning in August, one of several new routes added to the no-frills provider’s flight plan. The company announced Wednesday that it was adding Town of Islip-owned Long Island MacArthur Airport and T.F. Green Airport – owned by the Rhode Island Airport Corp. and located near Rhode Island’s capital city of Providence – to its schedule. The latter addition will be the nation’s only nonstop service between…


Long Island bridges cross FY2018 spending plan

Two Long Island bridges are among more than 100 key New York crossings earning a line in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s FY2018 budget proposal. Suffolk County would receive $11.5 million to put toward ongoing rehabilitation of the Horseblock Road bridge over Long Island Avenue and the Long Island Rail Road in Medford, while Nassau County would receive $5 million to support work on the Merrick Road bridge over Milburn Creek in Baldwin, according to the governor’s…


Commuters sign on, big time, to third-track plan

By GREGORY ZELLER // Governor Andrew Cuomo has a lot of company on his ride along Long Island Rail Road’s “third track.” One day after the governor reiterated his commitment to the long-debated LIRR expansion project in a state-of-the-state address as Farmingdale State College, the Right Track for Long Island Coalition – a partnership of major organizations, institutions, businesses and individuals stumping for the railroad expansion plan – has released a pro-third track petition signed…


Environmental statement pumps up ‘third track’

The Long Island Rail Road third-track plan will have “minimal” adverse effects, according to the project’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement – a report that marks a “major milestone” in the project’s evolution, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday. Trumpeting the LIRR’s strategy to “improve transit service, safety and quality of life for hundreds of thousands of Long Island commuters and residents,” the governor’s office heralded the 21-chapter statement, which details plans for a 9.8-mile “third track”…


Work begins on $121M Hicksville Station rebuild

Heated waiting rooms, USB charging stations and a host of other aesthetic and technological upgrades are in store for the Long Island Rail Road’s aging Hicksville Station. The $121 million modernization of the 55-year-old station was one of two major capital-investment initiatives Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this week, each targeting a “central hub” of the LIRR. Also announced: a $64.9 million construction effort at Jamaica Station – the railroad’s most-central central hub – bringing new…