Brookhaven Rail Terminal expansion set in motion in Yaphank; neighbors skeptical

The Brookhaven Rail Terminal in Yaphank is a 28-acre site that accepts freight loads by using LIRR tracks, allowing large shipments easy access to Long

The Brookhaven Rail Terminal in Yaphank is a 28-acre site that accepts freight loads by using LIRR tracks.

The Brookhaven Rail Terminal in Yaphank is a 28-acre site that accepts freight loads by using LIRR tracks. (8/5/13)

YAPHANK - A rail yard that aims to ease traffic by getting trucks off of Long Island's roads is planning to expand, but some neighbors don't think it's a great idea.

The Brookhaven Rail Terminal in Yaphank is a 28-acre site that accepts freight loads by using LIRR tracks, allowing large shipments easy access to Long Island outlets. Home Depot is one of several firms that uses the rail yard's services.

Terminal official Daniel Miller says in the year that the yard has been in operation, it has received more than 1,600 rail cars. He says that has taken nearly 7,000 trucks off of Long Island's roads and bridges. Officials say replacing trucks with trains is better for the environment and for easing congestion on Long Island's roads.

The terminal is slated to expand to encompass an additional 300 acres, but some neighbors are skeptical of the benefits.

Civic leader Maryann Johnston says local truck traffic has increased three-fold, and adds that construction projects and additional traffic will only hurt the area's already poor ozone quality.

Officials with the Brookhaven Rail Terminal say they have already started clearing the remaining land for more development. However, the larger, finalized terminal is still years away.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

According to police, a nearby resident found the 1 Police: Body of young man found in Massapequa Preserve
The LIRR said on its social media that 2 Evening rush difficult on LIRR after Amtrak derailment
Sayville-based political consultant Michael Dawidziak says the bill's 3 Failure of GOP health bill may take toll on Trump administration
House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. leaves the 4 Trump, GOP leaders pull health care bill in humiliating loss
John Aniano was convicted in December of several 5 Man gets max sentence after killing Lynbrook couple in 2015 crash

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Each week, News 12's Doug Geed explores the Check out fun things to do on the East End!

Explore the Twin Forks with News 12's Doug Geed.

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

News 12 digs deep to find Long Island's Discover Long Island's Hidden Past

News 12's Danielle Campbell digs into Long Island's roots.

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long On The Spot

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long Islanders know about everything and anything.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE