“Right Track for Long Island Coalition” is a grassroots, nonprofit collaboration of major organizations, institutions, businesses and individuals representing over 500,000 Long Islanders and growing that have come together to support the LIRR Enhancement Project. The project involves construction of a third track along the existing two tracks of the Main Line between Floral Park and Hicksville. Join the

The two existing tracks along the project route were constructed in 1844, when the population of Long Island was 50,000, to transport people and freight between New York City and Boston via steamboat connection in Greenport. 172 years later the population is 3 million and four branches of the railroad now converge on the project path.

This condition constitutes an extreme bottleneck that chokes the LIRR system thereby severely constraining its expansion and modernization and turning it into a one-way street during peak service hours. Most importantly, it prevents the transit-oriented economic and community development that the Coalition believes is essential if Long Island is to be competitive in a 21st-century economy and attractive to the young people we want to live and work here.

The economic and fiscal impacts of the project have been thoroughly studied and analyzed by the Long Island Index as summarized in the infographic that follows.

We invite you to join us.


We want to thank Governor Andrew Cuomo and Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan for their leadership in bringing this historic investment to Long Island.

EDITORIAL: OK of LIRR third track is a huge moment for Long Island

After nearly 70 years of recommendations, advocacy and proposals that often lacked political will or funding, the Long Island Rail Road’s third track is finally starting to pull out of the station.

It took too long, but this is an enormous moment for Long Island — one worth savoring before getting to work.

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The Long Island Rail Road Expansion Project will make living and working on Long Island better, easier, safer, and more productive.

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Latest News

  • Right Track for Long Island Coalition Praises Senate Action to Move Third Track Project Forward July 12, 2017

    Right Track for Long Island Coalition Praises Senate Action to Move Third Track Project Forward

    Melville, New York – (July 11, 2017) – New York State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan’s statement today endorsing the third track project was met by collective and region-wide excitement, led by founders and chair members of the Right Track for Long Island Coalition. The Coalition is a grassroots group that set out to push […]

  • July 12, 2017

    LIRR third-track plan gets green light; $1.95B plan OKd

     State Senate Republicans signed off Tuesday on public funding for a third track for the Long Island Rail Road, removing the last hurdle for the long-touted project. With the Assembly and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo already on board, the decision gives the green light to a 9.8-mile track corridor from Floral Park to Hicksville. It […]

  • State must approve Main Line’s third track June 12, 2017

    State must approve Main Line’s third track

    In May, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors allocated $1.95 billion to construct a third Long Island Rail Road track down the center of Nassau County, on the Main Line between Floral Park and Hicksville. The project would add 9.8 miles of new track to the LIRR system, which spans a total of 700 […]

  • Don’t block many benefits of third track for LIRR Main Line June 12, 2017

    Don’t block many benefits of third track for LIRR Main Line

    We are this close. And yet, thanks to the small-mindedness of two state senators from Long Island and the fecklessness of the Senate majority leader, we remain so far away. The future of Long Island is tied to the third track on the Long Island Rail Road’s Main Line. The region’s economic growth, its housing […]


Economic Impact Infographic

If Long Island already has over
700 miles of tracks what can just
9.8 miles of new track
do for us? A lot!

construction hatWhile a third track is being built

Create 2,250 Construction Jobs* Create $910 million in cumulative Personal Income Create $910 million in cumulative Gross Regional Product

Revive Long Island’s relatively stagnant job growth

Over the last two decades, job growth on Long Island has been sluggish in stark contrast to the revival experienced by New York City.
Job Growth: 1970-2010

Increase Long Island’s young adult, working-age population

Compared to our suburban neighbors we are losing more young people. Why are we having the hardest time? Lack of economic opportunity, high costs of living, lack of housing and transit options.
Change in 18-34 Age Cohort 1990-2014

And 10 years after
a third track is completed:

Create 14,000 New Jobs Business needs mobility to attract talent and young people. In a 21st century technology-based economy, clustered employment centers increase innovation and productivity.
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track Expand Our Population Expand Our Population Add 35,000 New Residents Almost 40% of new residents would be 25-44 years old Almost 40% of new residents would be 25-44 years old Is this critical? Yes! Is this critical? Yes! Young working-age populations are key to revitalizing and growing the economy
track Increase Region's Wealth Add $3 Billion in Personal Income Add $5.6 Billion to Long Island's Gross Regional Product
track Expand Our Tax Base
Add $103 million in property tax revenue

in property
tax revenue
Add $40 million in sales tax revenue
$40 million
in sales tax
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Bottom line? A third track is the
right track for Long Island!

There is no other single project on the drawing board that can increase Long Island's economy more than this.Thumbs Up
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* Annual Jobs

This infographic is based on a 2014 report written for the Long Island Index by HR&A Advisors, a leading economic development consulting firm and Parsons Brinkerhoff Inc, a global planning and engineering firm. Regional Plan Association also played a critical role in analysis and development of the report.

All dollar values are given in 2013 dollars.

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Right Track For Long Island Coalition

Coalition Members Represent Over 500,000 Long Islanders And Growing

Kevin Law, President & CEO, Long Island Association, Co-Chair
George Truicko, Assistant Business Manager, Local 1298 NY Laborers, Co-Chair
Dave Kapell, Executive Director

Our 5,198 members include:

  • Business Organizations
  • American Council of Engineering Companies of New York
  • Association For A Better Long Island
  • Commercial Industrial Brokers Society
  • General Contractors Association of NY
  • Hicksville Chamber of Commerce
  • LISTnet, Peter Goldsmith
  • Long Island Association
  • Long Island Builders Institute
  • Long Island Contractors Association
  • Long Island Forum for Technology
  • Long Island Regional Economic Development Council
  • Manufacturing Consortium of Long Island
  • Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce
  • New York Building Congress
  • Queens Chamber of Commerce
  • Labor Organizations
  • Building & Construction Trades Council of Nassau & Suffolk
  • IBEW Local 589
  • IBEW 3rd District
  • Laborers Local 1298
  • Long Island Federation of Labor
  • Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters
  • RWDSU Local 388
  • RWDSU Local 1102
  • SMWIA Local 28
  • UFCW Local 1500
  • Academic and Research Institutions
  • Brookhaven Science Associates, LLC
  • Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
  • Farmingdale State College
  • Hofstra University
  • Long Island University
  • Molloy College
  • Northwell Health
  • Stony Brook University
  • SUNY College at Old Westbury
  • Touro College
  • For Profit Organizations
  • Albanese Organization
  • Avalon Bay Communities
  • Bank of America
  • Bimasco, Inc.
  • Cameron Engineering & Associates
  • Canon USA
  • Castagna Realty
  • Clever Devices
  • D’Addario, & Company, Inc.,
  • EGC Group
  • Farrell Fritz PC
  • Forest City Ratner Companies
  • Harvest Real Estate Services, Inc.
  • HR&A Advisors
  • Infosys International
  • Kiewit Infrastructure Co.
  • Kiewit, Wayne Thomas
  • Klein Wealth Management
  • Miller Environmental Group
  • Northville Industries
  • Posillico
  • Questus Capital, LLC
  • Racanelli Construction Co. Inc.
  • RXR Realty LLC
  • Satur Farms
  • Tritec Real Estate Company
  • Twinco Manufacturing Co.
  • Zebra Technologies
  • Not For Profit Organizations
  • Community Development Corporation of Long Island
  • Energeia Partnership at Molloy College
  • Erase Racism, Elaine Gross
  • Long Beach Streets NY
  • Long Island Arts Alliance
  • Long Island Development Corporation
  • Long Island Index
  • Long Island Railroad Commuter Council
  • Long Island Regional Planning Council
  • Nassau Council of Civic Associations
  • Queens Rail Corporation
  • Regional Plan Association
  • Sustainable Long Island
  • Transit Solutions
  • United Way of Long Island
  • YMCA of Long Island, Inc.
  • Environmental Organizations
  • Citizens Campaign for the Environment
  • Long Island Pine Barrens Society
  • Long Island Progressive Coalition
  • NY League of Conservation Voters
  • Sustainability Institute at Molloy College
  • Tri-State Transportation Campaign
  • US Green Building Council
  • Foundations
  • Claire Friedlander Family Foundation
  • Hagedorn Foundation
  • Long Island Community Foundation
  • Rauch Foundation
  • Simons Foundation

And, 572 individuals

And, thousands of LIRR commuters

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