On January 17th, Design-build contractor 3rd Track Constructors (3TC) MWBE/SVDOB Coordinator, William Miller, shared a project overview with various Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE), including representatives from JP West Inc., C & LJ International Trade Corporation, and advisers to Nassau County at the LIRR Expansion Project Community Information Center in Mineola.

New York State’s Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development promotes equality of economic opportunities for MWBEs and works to eliminate barriers to their participation in state contracts by increasing access to information and opportunities for MWBEs throughout the state. New York State encourages and assists state agencies to award a fair share of contracts to MWBEs. The Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act, signed into law by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on May 12, 2014, allows eligible Veteran business owners to get certified as a New York State Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business (SDVOB). The goal of the Act is to encourage and support eligible SDVOBs to play a greater role in the state’s economy by increasing their participation in New York State’s contracting opportunities. 3TC is committed to ensuring job growth and employment opportunities for MWBEs and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses (SDVOB).

The construction of a third track from Floral Park to Hicksville will reduce train congestion and delays and enable true bi-directional service during peak hours with a more reliable rail network. This transformative work includes several related projects, including the construction of up to five parking garages, retaining walls, improvements to rail bridges and the removal of seven street-level grade crossings. Construction has begun and is being handled in a way to minimize the impact on daily routines, with extensive mitigation and public outreach efforts being planned in conjunction with local communities. The overall project is expected to be completed by late 2022.