Unprecedented Public Outreach

Governor Andrew Cuomo has made it a priority to move this project forward in a way that minimizes impact on the surrounding communities.

The LIRR Expansion Project is a new and different proposal with increased community benefits and less disruption than previous plans. The project’s public outreach process is modeled on the successful efforts ordered by Governor Cuomo for the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project. The public outreach effort is informing stakeholders about the Proposed Project, soliciting their feedback, and communicating the potential benefits of and impacts from the Proposed Project. 

Public Outreach Meetings

Draft Scoping Document Public Meetings: A total of six Public Hearings were held in Summer 2016 to provide opportunities for the public to comment on the Draft Scoping Document. Approximately 1,200 people attended the Public Hearings and more than 750 individuals and entities submitted comments or questions regarding the Draft Scoping Document.

Draft Environmental Impact Statement Public Hearings: A total of six public hearings were held from January 17, 2017, to January 19, 2017, to provide opportunities for the public to comment on the Draft EIS.

Ongoing Community Outreach

In addition to the large public meetings held during both the scoping period and DEIS comment period, the project team has met with many stakeholders individually and in groups to focus on specific issues and understand localized concerns. Such meetings have included property owners’ associations, individual homeowners, school districts, emergency services, civic organizations, business owners, and local elected officials. To date, hundreds of these stakeholder engagement meetings have occurred. Such meetings will continue to take place throughout the course of the project.

Local Business Outreach

“The fact that more than 700 local companies have registered for this informational event shows the tremendous amount of interest among local businesses – including those owned by women, minorities and service-disabled veterans – to be involved in the LIRR Expansion Project.”

MTA Chief Diversity Officer Michael J. Garner


LIRR President Pat Nowakowski speaks to small business owners 

More than 700 local women, minority and service-disabled veteran owned businesses registered to participate in a special information and networking session about the proposed LIRR Expansion Project. The event was held on March 30, 2017 at Antun’s in Queens Village to help fulfill Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s directive to raise the bar for recruiting small, local and certified Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (MWDBEs), as well as Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses (SDVOBs), for state projects.


More than 700 local small businesses attended an event to learn how to work on the LIRR Expansion Project

Community-Focused Construction Mitigation

Incorporating extensive input from local communities, the project team is exploring neighbor-friendly and innovative construction methods and practices to keep the impact of construction as minimal as possible. This community-focused approach to construction includes:

  • Pre-construction home inspections
  • Satellite parking to keep workers’ personal vehicles out of residential streets
  • Using existing track to transport materials to and from work sites
  • Advance notification disruptive work or road closures to residents, municipalities, school districts, and first-responders
  • Scheduling construction deliveries outside of school and commuter traffic peak hours to the extent practicable
  • Creating and implementing a community noise and vibration monitoring program
  • Implementing an air quality control plan to include dust control measures, ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel, the use of best available tailpipe technologies such as diesel particulate filters, and the utilization of newer equipment
  • Environmental monitoring consistent with a Construction Health and Safety Plan
  • Protecting access to existing businesses
  • Street cleaning as needed
  • Door-to-door outreach to residents
  • Regular online updates to the public
  • Staffing the Project Information Office with on-site supervision for rapid response to neighborhood concerns
  • 24/7 hotline assigned to a community outreach representative
Meeting Project Schedules and Goals

To meet the project schedule and goals, the project will employ the cutting edge “design-build” construction approach used with great success on other projects like the replacement Tappan Zee Bridge.

Design-Build Solution

Design and construction will be contracted out to a single private sector team, resulting in significant savings in time and cost.

Reward Innovation

Selection of teams will reward innovation in minimizing community impacts and accelerating construction timetables.


Construction team will be held accountable for project timelines with severe penalties for delays.