Transportation

New LIMA flights rekindle LIMBA’s hopes

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island MacArthur Airport is spreading its wings, and a longtime regional quality-of-life watchdog wants to make sure the airport’s climb doesn’t stall. Long Island Metro Business Action, a three-decade-old Ronkonkoma-based member organization focused on Island-wide socioeconomic issues, welcomed LIMA Commissioner Shelley LaRose-Arken to its Aug. 11 networking breakfast, part of a 2017 Breakfast Series cosponsored by Ronkonkoma law firm Campolo, Middleton & McCormick LLP. The commish, a former manager of…

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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…


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…