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Expanding LIRR’s Main Line corridor to make living and working on Long Island easier.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a major project for the Long Island Rail Road that will improve service, safety and quality of life for hundreds of thousands of people who live, work and travel on Long Island.
The LIRR Expansion Project is a new proposal, unlike any before it, that will improve mass transit, reduce traffic congestion, protect the environment, improve safety, enhance community quality-of-life, and ensure Long Island’s economic health now and for the next century.
The project calls for a completely new approach to the construction of a third track along a 9.8-mile stretch of the railroad’s heavily traversed Main Line corridor between the Floral Park and Hicksville train stations. The project also includes the elimination of the seven grade crossings along this route, upgrades to railroad infrastructure and stations, and new parking facilities. It will provide a more attractive alternative to driving and reduce traffic on Long Island’s already congested roads.
The project will reduce train congestion and delays, and enable true bi-directional service during peak hours, as well as more intra-Island service. This will promote job growth and opportunities for Long Islanders and make it easier for Long Islanders to enjoy all the region has to offer, such as entertainment, sporting events, dining and nightlife in New York City.
Unlike previous attempts to build a third track on the Main Line, the project requires ZERO residential property acquisitions, and substantially reduces the need for commercial land acquisition by building the track within the existing LIRR right-of-way. Construction will be handled in a way to minimize the impact on daily routines, with extensive mitigation efforts being planned in conjunction with local communities.
The end result will be a Long Island with better rail service; with safer, less-congested roads; with cleaner air; with quieter backyards and neighborhoods; and a public transit infrastructure better equipped to serve the job and population growth our region needs to prosper.
View key milestones from the Long Island Rail Road Expansion Project