Transportation

LIRR ‘Double Track’ pulls in well ahead of schedule

By GREGORY ZELLER // Just two years after Gov. Andrew Cuomo accelerated plans for a Long Island Rail Road overhaul, the long-awaited “Double Track” project has been completed – more than a year ahead of schedule. Cuomo on Friday announced the completion of the LIRR Double Track, roughly 18 miles of track added between Farmingdale and Ronkonkoma, expected to ease congestion and allow for reverse-peak service expansions as necessary. The 18 miles of track –…

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Hot tip: In-app Uber gratuities come to Suffolk

Suffolk County Uber passenger can now take advantage of in-app tipping protocols. Noting “an important step forward,” Uber announced Thursday that “the feature asked for the most in the Uber app” is now available to Suffolk County passengers. The introduction of the tipping software in Long Island’s easternmost county is part of the San Francisco-based company’s 180 Days of Change campaign, which seeks to enact various service improvements – requested by both passengers and drivers –…


When pigs fly (and horses and cats and dogs, too)

By GREGORY ZELLER // It took Noah some time, too. Extrapolating from clues provided by the Book of Genesis, theologians calculate that God’s favorite shipbuilder spent between 55 and 75 years constructing his namesake ark. The goings aren’t quite that slow at The Ark at JFK, though it’s taking Ark Development LLC a fair amount of time to finalize its comprehensive animal handling and shipping facility at John F. Kennedy International Airport. It won’t spare…


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…