Long Island Rail Road to get long-awaited triple track

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NEW YORK CITY — It's official, the Long Island Rail Road will get nearly 10 miles of triple track in the coming years.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday that the commuter railroad will it's third track, or a triple tracked main line, through a $2.6 billion-project. The project is aimed at a 9.8-mile section of the railroad's main line connecting Floral Park and Hicksville, N.Y., all on Long Island.

"Since the 1940s, people talked about adding a third track and modernizing the Main Line corridor - and now we're actually doing it," Cuomo said. "These projects taken together will create smoother and more reliable service for LIRR passengers while at the same time improving public safety by eliminating dangerous grade crossings. The LIRR is the backbone of the region's economy and this expansion effort will boost growth for generations."

The new main line corridor will include 9.8 miles of new third track; seven grade crossings; 7 bridge replacements or modifications; five station improvements; 7 substation replacements; 7.5 miles of sound and retaining walls; among other projects.

More information is available online. 

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