Right Track for Long Island Coalition is a coalition of major organizations, institutions, businesses and individuals representing over 500,000 Long Islanders and growing that have come together to support Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 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.
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.
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