The MTA is inviting New Yorkers to give feedback on a “completely different” LIRR expansion proposal, including a third LIRR track that won’t result in residents along the route losing their homes.
There will be six hearings open to the public on the LIRR Expansion Project, “a new proposal to improve service options and reliability for hundreds of thousands of customers, reduce automobile traffic congestion, and improve safety and quality of life for people in the project corridor,” MTA announced on Monday.
“When Governor Cuomo first announced this much-needed new project to enhance LIRR service, he promised an unprecedented level of public engagement to ensure that we are meeting the needs of the community and riders,” MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast said.
“We have kept that promise and have also made numerous other significant commitments in response to public input - all to minimize impacts to local neighbors. We are continuing to listen to the public and I encourage regional commuters and local residents alike to come out to our hearings.”
The LIRRExpansion Project team says the proposal includes:
- No residential property acquisitions
- Eliminating all grade crossings within the 9.8 mile project corridor
- Building sound walls to reduce noise
- Station upgrades
- Additional parking
- Increased reliance on private construction industry expertise to minimize construction duration, impacts and cost
- Unprecedented level of public outreach to engage local officials, homeowners and other stakeholders and use their input while the project is being planned.
Those interested in attending this second round of hearings can speak to experts from the LIRR and New York State Department of Transportation on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.
There will be two meetings on each day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday's meetings will be held at theYes We Can Community Center, 141 Garden Street, Westbury; Thursday's meetings will be held at theMack Student Center at Hofstra University and the two meetings on Friday will be at The Inn at New Hyde Park.
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