New York Gov. Cuomo touts $5.6 billion investment in LIRR

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A Saturday afternoon Long Island Rail Road train rolls through Floral Park, N.Y., in July 2013.
Greg Primrose
NEW YORK — New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo says a $5.6-billion transformation of the Long Island Rail Road is in full swing. A total of 100 railroad-led capital projects are now moving forward, including the triple track project, Jamaica, N.Y., station reconstruction and renovation of 39 other stations, among some additional infrastructure projects.

The $5.6-billion investment is part of the state’s $100-billion infrastructure program.

One of the largest projects currently in progress is the $2 billion expansion project that adds 9.8 miles of third track between Floral Park and Hicksville. The project, which also eliminates seven street-level grade crossings, is needed to boost capacity and reduce commuter rail congestion. The current double track configuration often causes train delays during peak travel times.

A separate $387.2-million project will double-track 12.6 miles of the LIRR Ronkonkoma Branch to accommodate more trains during off-peak hours. The railroad currently operates one train an hour, but the expansion project will double that capacity to one train every 30 minutes.

Other Long Island Rail Road projects include a $128-million rail storage yard in Mid-Suffolk and improvements to station facilities, signal, and track infrastructure.

Cuomo touted the state’s investments in the railroad during a recent luncheon dedicated to 70 years of transformation at LIRR.

See the news release online.

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