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Critics, supporters offer differing views on LIRR third track project
March 24, 2017

Critics, supporters offer differing views on LIRR third track project

WESTBURY – Supporters and critics of the Long Island Rail Road’s third track project held dueling news conferences Friday. Supporters of the 10-mile plan, which includes seven grade crossing improvements, said the project is needed to improve service and railroad reliability. Among a few of the supporters were Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro, Nassau Legislator Rose […]

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LIRR Third Track supporters, critics highlight differences
March 24, 2017

LIRR Third Track supporters, critics highlight differences

As the LIRR Expansion project gains new support in western Nassau County, its critics say the project would hurt Floral Park, Garden City and New Hyde Park. Proposed in January 2016 by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the project would create a third track along 9.8 miles of the Long Island Railroad’s main line between Floral Park and […]

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Main Line mayors clash over LIRR’s third track plan
March 24, 2017

Main Line mayors clash over LIRR’s third track plan

Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro was joined by Town of Hempstead officials to announce their support for the LIRR third track project on Friday, March 24, 2017, at Westbury Village Hall. (Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa) Several elected leaders from Nassau County took up sides for and against Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s proposal to expand the […]

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Our Views: Time to get on 3rd track train
December 22, 2016

Our Views: Time to get on 3rd track train

Critics of the Long Island Rail Road’s proposal to spend $2 billion to construct a 9.8 mile third track between Floral Park and Hicksville have some legitimate concerns. The extended construction period along the line will no doubt be inconvenient to residents and could cost local businesses much needed sales. “If they have a three-year […]

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December 22, 2016

Floral Park LIRR station fixes could be in cards

The Long Island Rail Road’s third track project could bring some renovations to Floral Park’s train station — if residents and officials there ask. The station is not among the five along the 9.8-mile corridor slated for fixes as part of the LIRR’s $2 billion plan to add a third track along a key stretch […]

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December 22, 2016

3rd track project may offer Mineola parking solution

The Long Island Rail Road’s third track project could solve some parking problems for Mineola commuters and downtown businesses. The LIRR wants to build two parking garages near Mineola’s train station as part of its $2 billion project to add a track to a key 9.8-mile stretch of its Main Line from Floral Park to […]

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Readers Write: Story understates 3rd track benefits
December 22, 2016

Readers Write: Story understates 3rd track benefits

Joe Nikic’s recent article on the third track project published on Dec. 1, begins to show the wide scope of the LIRR Expansion Project but the article doesn’t fully reflect the extra lengths to which the plan goes to make sure the benefits are enjoyed by Main Line Corridor communities along with the region as […]

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LIRR 3rd track environmental study released
December 8, 2016

LIRR 3rd track environmental study released

FLORAL PARK – A new draft environmental study has been released for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s proposed third track for the Long Island Rail Road, bringing the controversial project one step closer to construction. The plan would add a third rail along 9.8 miles of the LIRR’s main line between Floral Park and Hicksville. In […]

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December 8, 2016

3rd track study says project would have ‘minimal’ environmental impact

The Long Island Rail Road’s proposal to construct a 9.8-mile third track between Floral Park and Hicksville will take three to four years to complete at a cost of about $2 billion, according to a draft environmental impact report released Monday. The environmental report for the LIRR’s Main Line expansion states that the project would […]

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