Transportation

Kosciuszko Bridge has fallen down, fallen down

By GREGORY ZELLER // The old Kosciuszko Bridge got blowed up real good. The last standing sections of the 78-year-old Brooklyn-Queens span were imploded Sunday in the pyrotechnically spectacular penultimate chapter of New York State’s $873 million, way-ahead-of-schedule replacement effort. The first span of the new Kosciuszko Bridge – actually, two state-of-the-art cable-supported bridges over Newtown Creek – opened in April, marking completion of the project’s $555 million first phase. What will be the Queens-bound…

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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…


Molsbergen takes the stick at charter ace ExcelAire

ExcelAire has a new sky king. Former NetJets President Robert Molsbergen has been named president of the MacArthur Airport-based charter-jet manager, a subsidiary of worldwide aviation-services provider Hawthorne Global Aviation Services. Hawthorne President Bryon Burbage noted Molsbergen’s “deep private-jet aviation leadership experience,” not only heading NetJets – an Ohio-based Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary that brokers private-jet ownership deals – but in leading its executive jet management and global aircraft management divisions. “ExcelAire is well-positioned for our…


MTA’s mobile-ticketing app debuts on LIRR

A Long Island Rail Road branch is one of the first regional railroads to offer remote ticket purchasing through the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s new eTix app. MTA eTix officially debuted Tuesday on the LIRR’s Port Washington Branch and the Metro-North Railroad’s Hudson line. The free mobile app is designed to allow LIRR and Metro-North passengers to purchase tickets remotely, among a menu of other commuter-friendly tools. Albany is opening up the throttle on the app, which…