MTA board member proposes LIRR service to Nassau Coliseum

There is a new plan to bring Long Island Rail Road service to the Nassau Coliseum.



MTA Board member Mitch Pally, who proposed the idea last month, says he wants to run passenger service on the track that hasn't been used by riders in decades.



Under his proposal, the LIRR would run shuttle trains along a 3-mile segment off the Hempstead line, which runs parallel to Stewart Avenue.



"There are many people who live west of the coliseum... all of whom who could take advantage of this opportunity," said Pally.



Pally says it is too early to know the cost, but it would be part of the MTA Capital Plan. He says the county, the developer and the LIRR first have to study the idea and determine if it's worth moving forward.



Coliseum developer Forest City Ratner says, "Public transit, including the LIRR, has been a major key to our success at Barclays Center and we would welcome any additional public transportation options to Nassau Coliseum, whether rail, rapid bus service or other options."



The LIRR says it's open to discussing transit options, but wants to make sure there's a demand.



News 12 did not hear back from the county about whether it would support the transit idea.



 


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