Cuomo outlines LIRR third track plan

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to increase trains moving through western Nassau and in and out of the city.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to increase trains moving through western Nassau and in and out of the city.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to increase trains moving through western Nassau and in and out of the city. (5/6/16)

NEW HYDE PARK - Gov. Andrew Cuomo today outlined a plan to build a third track on the LIRR’s main line in Nassau.

The plan was detailed in an 82-page report. It calls for a third track to accommodate over 300 daily trains going in and out of New York City.  The governor also wants seven grade crossings eliminated to improve traffic flow. Cuomo says no residential and few commercial properties will be affected between Hicksville and Floral Park and that most of the construction will take less than a year.

Four public hearings are also now scheduled to explain the plan, beginning May 24. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-New York) wants to increase trains moving through western Nassau and in and out of the city.

Dave Kapell, of the Right Track for Long Island Coalition, supports the plan. He also supports the installation of overpasses instead of crossings that require trains to blast their horns.

Bill Corbett Sr., of Citizens Against Rail Expansion, opposes the plan. He believes that another track would disrupt Long Islanders' businesses and lives.

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Public Hearings on Third Track Project

Tuesday, May 24 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at The Inn at New Hyde Park, located at 214 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park, NY 11040
Tuesday, May 24 6-9 p.m. at Hofstra University, in the Mack Student Center’s Student Theatre, located at 1000 Fulton Ave, Hempstead, NY 11549
Wednesday, May 25 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the ”Yes We Can” Community Center, located at 141 Garden St, Westbury, NY 11590.
Wednesday, May 25 from 6-9 p.m. at Antun’s, located at 244 W. Old Country Road, Hicksville, NY 11801.

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