Tag: Long Island Rail Road
Long Island has a pressing need for affordable housing, and the key question is: How can we address it quickly on a regional basis? There must be more varied housing options for all Long Islanders, but the challenge is to provide those choices Island-wide when zoning decisions are made locally. Hopefully, we can build a strong consensus around some key principles, which can then be adopted in enough localities for it to have a region-wide impact.
Although the crash is currently under investigation, officials were able to shed more clarity on the crash, which occurred just after 9 p.m. in New Hyde Park. Cuomo said the passenger train and a work train were running in the same direction when they sideswiped each other, causing three of the passenger train's cars to careen off the tracks. The passenger train "was where it was supposed to be," officials said, adding that the work train appeared to have intruded on the other train's path.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the new Moynihan Train Hall across the street from Penn Station will house both Amtrak and LIRR ticketing and waiting areas--and be 10 stories high.
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.