Long Island Business Leaders on What Lies Ahead

Mark RocheMark Roche, the Project Executive for the LIRR Expansion Project, joined other Long Island leaders to describe what lies ahead for the new year in the January 4th edition of Long Island Business News. Roche described Expansion Project achievements in 2018, what to look forward to in 2019 and how the LIRR Expansion Project is a model for how the MTA is doing business differently throughout its capital projects.

As the project executive for the LIRR expansion project from Floral Park to Hicksville, I’ve been lucky to witness the tremendous progress we’ve made during 2018. During the past year, we made great strides in advancing designs, conducting subsurface testing, and initiating early site-prep work. Looking ahead to 2019, several construction milestones are slated to be completed. The centerpiece will be the unveiling of two under-grade crossings at Covert Avenue in New Hyde Park and Urban Avenue in New Cassel. Modernized station enhancements, parking upgrades, bridge replacements and other improvements will accompany them.

This project is a model of how the MTA is doing business differently. Discrete project elements are packaged into the broader program, allowing their benefits—such as greater bridge clearances and lengthened station platforms—to be realized immediately following their completion. This project is more than the addition of a third track, and each of the project components will help improve LIRR’s on-time performance.

The project designs have been shaped by three years of close coordination with the host communities. We are continuing to seek valuable stakeholder input through cutting-edge programs, including a ‘community scorecard’ completed directly by adjacent residents. I am excited to continue our strong collaborative and look forward to a productive 2019.

You can read the entire article here: https://libn.com/2019/01/04/long-island-business-leaders-on-what-lies-ahead