Tag: Long Island Rail Road
Two of the busiest hubs on the LIRR--Hicksville and Jamaica--are slated to get a multi-million-dollar makeover, Cuomo announced Wednesday in Melville.
There is no place on the East Coast where multifamily housing development is as difficult to build as Long Island. This obstruction puts the region at a great disadvantage, because multifamily housing in walkable settings is now in great demand. Fortunately, LI does have a lot of available space to develop near Long Island Rail Road stations.
It was last month that Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced LIRR e-tickets would be available on all railroad lines by summer’s end. Through the app, riders have a variety of ticket-purchasing options to choose from, including one-way, round-trip, and monthly tickets.
MTA eTix, a new, free smartphone app allowing Long Island Rail Road riders to buy digital train tickets without visiting a ticket booth or machine, is being rolled out sooner than expected. LIRR riders can currently use the app on the Port Washington branch and the app is expected to be operational on the other 10 LIRR lines by September, instead of the end of this year as originally planned, New York State officials said.
With the return of beach season, so too flock the crowds to Fire Island, the barrier island simultaneously known as a popular tourist destination and a hidden gem full of natural wonders. But FI is much more than that dichotomy allows. It’s home to Robert Moses State Park on the west end, Smith Point County Park on the east end and a national park featuring an eight-mile wilderness preserve. And in the middle, accessible by ferry only, are 17 car-free communities—most of which are strictly residential with a few having downtowns offering shops and nightlife.
The third track would run along a 9.8-mile stretch between Floral Park and Hicksville that serves 107,000 riders on an average weekday. During peak times, the LIRR is forced to run trains in only one direction, which becomes a huge bottleneck whenever equipment breaks down or some other unforeseen delay arises. This main line expansion is intended to relieve that decades-old bottleneck. But almost as soon as the governor announced it, community opposition—especially within Floral Park—was galvanized.
The railroad's current two-rail system "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." Begun in 1844, the original premise of the railroad was to create a connection between New York City and Boston, and today is running on the same two tracks built when Long Island’s population was only 50,000.
Vinas, authorites said, participated in al Qaeda military training exercises and later plotted with al Qaeda to bomb the Long Island Rail Road.
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