Gov. Hochul, MTA celebrate completion of LIRR main line third track
Gov. Kathy Hochul and MTA officials
Monday morning announced the completion of the $2.6 billion Long Island Rail
Road third track project.
The new 9.8-mile track runs from
Floral Park to Hicksville -- giving the railroad more operational flexibility.
The track also includes more
Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility, more cameras to keep you safe
and more commuter parking.
"What does this mean for Long
Islanders? Well, it's great, they all start with the letter F -- fewer delays,
faster commutes and more frequent trips," said Hochul.
The third track project is part of
the LIRR main line expansion project, which officials say now only has minor
station work left to complete.
Riders won't see major changes to
schedules immediately. New schedules won't go into effect until East Side
Access and Grand Central Madison are complete later this year. Advocates still
say the project that runs next to the main line from Floral Park to Hicksville
will help commuters immediately by reducing delays when trains get stuck or
now as of today we can operate three tracks the additional capacity is huge,"
said Gerard Bringmann, from the LIRR Commuters Council.
capacity will eventually help the LIRR add more reverse commute options plus
increase train frequency across the board at a time when ridership is below
"All those people living in New York City and from
places to the west who really didn't have that much service coming out in the
morning will have a lot more service," said MTA Chairman and CEO Janno
There have been a
lot of service disruptions, especially on the weekends, for construction on the
third track. Even though it is complete, the MTA says to expect some more
service interruptions in the future as they work on other parts of the system
not related to the third track.