LIRR

Cuomo rides the rails at LIA luncheon

By GREGORY ZELLER // A day after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was lustily booed at Citi Field after snagging a foul ball, New York’s own Andrew Cuomo gracefully fielded a pop-up – and brought down the house – at a Long Island Association luncheon. Playing to an extremely favorable crowd at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, Cuomo was interrupted by several ovations as he reported progress on multiple fronts in the state’s…


Opposition on board, Senate clears LIRR ‘third track’

By GREGORY ZELLER // Just days into the “summer of hell,” the Metropolitan Transit Authority, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Long Island Rail Road commuters all got some long-awaited good news Tuesday. State Senate Republicans have signed off on public funding for the LIRR’s roughly $2 billion “third track” effort, clearing a last hurdle for the perpetually debated plan to ease a 10-mile bottleneck between Hicksville and the Queens border – a critical pressure point for…


Big plans, but Hub still hinges on Suffolk sewers

By MICHAEL FAIRLIE // Progress is coming in drips and drabs, but the lack of sufficient sewer systems remains the No. 1 impediment to the ambitious Ronkonkoma Hub redevelopment project. That was the main message Wednesday, when the MacArthur Business Alliance – a 23-year-old networking organization promoting commercial, industrial and not-for-profit interests across Suffolk County – hosted a meeting at Ronkonkoma’s Courtyard by Marriott to update interested parties on the project’s progress and potential effects….


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…


Albany continues whirlwind LI romance

By GREGORY ZELLER // A state administration that once seemed unable to find Long Island on a map continues to pay special attention to Nassau and Suffolk counties. One day after Gov. Andrew Cuomo visited Westbury to personally deliver a $10 million downtown-revitalization check, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul packed three Suffolk stops – in Port Jefferson, Stony Brook and Patchogue – into her daily itinerary. And that was a light day compared to the lieutenant…


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…


LIRR Bridge Among $16.3M In State Rail Projects

A Long Island Rail Road bridge in Queens will be renovated as part of new rail-infrastructure improvement projects greenlighted Tuesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. All told, the governor’s Passenger and Freight Rail Assistance Program announced $16.3 million in grants to support 12 statewide infrastructure projects, including $1.8 million to rehabilitate the 89th Avenue train bridge in Woodhaven. The LIRR bridge is one of three statewide train bridges being renovated by the new grants package, along…


Gov: Billion-dollar boost for LI tourism

By CARL CORRY // Saying Long Island is primed for a $1 billion boost in annual tourism, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced two contracts for the Long Island Rail Road Double Track project and touted a new welcome center under construction on the LIE. Cuomo crashed a meeting of the Long Island Association to announce two design-build contracts that will advance the Double Track project, which is meant to increase capacity of the Ronkonkoma…


Brew Bus Rolls Through Insurance Roadblock

By GREGORY ZELLER // Running the LI Brew Bus has been an education – and that, according to founder Brad Darrohn, is kind of an important point. Among the primary lessons learned since the retrofitted 1998 Blue Bird school bus started its weekend runs one year ago: Insurance ain’t cheap, a lesson hammered home so hard that Darrohn and his crew almost parked the bus permanently at the end of last summer. Based at the Long…


Support grows for Cuomo’s third-track plan

The ranks of the Right Track For Long Island Coalition are swelling. The coalition – a partnership of major organizations, institutions, businesses and individuals united to support Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed Long Island Rail Road enhancements – this week announced the addition of 30 new member organizations. The coalition now claims to represent “over 500,000 Long Islanders” on board with Cuomo’s plans to build a 9.8-mile “third track” between Floral Park and Hicksville, a historically…


Coalition seeks to get LIRR project back on track

By GREGORY ZELLER // A broad-based coalition supporting the Long Island Rail Road third track proposal hit the rails Tuesday. Gov. Andrew Cuomo personally pushed the throttle on Right Track For Long Island, a coalition of over 100 businesses, environmental groups and other organizations and individuals backing the governor’s ambitious support of the long-debated third-track plan. Plans to improve train traffic through a bottlenecked 9.8-mile stretch in Nassau County have been kicked around for decades,…