third track

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…


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…


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…


Cuomo ramps up LIRR third-track initiative

Four community meetings and a new informational website are among the progressive efforts trumpeted Thursday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo regarding his Long Island Rail Road expansion project. Billing them “major steps forward” for the long-debated project, which aims to improve train traffic through a historically bottlenecked 9.8-mile stretch in Nassau County, Cuomo announced the four public meetings – scheduled for May 24 and 25 in New Hyde Park, Hempstead, Westbury and Hicksville – and other…


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,…


Is it NIMBYism if it’s already in your backyard?

BY JOHN L. KOMINICKI History buffs know the Long Island Rail Road was built for one purpose: Getting people from Brooklyn to Boston. And it might have worked if a rival railroad hadn’t figured out the south shore of Connecticut was a better route. Bankrupt and with miles of empty track, the LIRR was forced to settle for the only other business around: Moving people to New York City and back again. It wasn’t much…