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Cuomo Proposes Improving LIRR Transportation System

January 13, 2017 
By Stephanie West

Long Island, NY – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has   a proposed a major investment  for upgrades to the Long Island Rail Road.

The proposal includes $120 million for the LIRR – to provide state-of-the-art enhancements to 16 stations and improve system connectivity with a new terminal at MacArthur Airport and a new stop at Brookhaven National Laboratory

“These major, transformative investments in Long Island’s core infrastructure invest in the future resiliency and strength of the region,” Governor Cuomo said. “Enhanced LIRR stations will connect further than they ever have before, and these vital water infrastructure projects will support environmental sustainability and bolster economic growth. With these projects, we equip Long Island will the tools and resources to drive commercial activity, create jobs, and build a stronger Long Island for generations to come.”

Governor Cuomo proposes investing $120 million to enhance LIRR stations and improve system connectivity. The MTA will cover $35 million of this investment. $80 million will be invested in $5 million major enhancements at 16 critical LIRR stations to improve the customer experience. The station upgrades will include new facilities, Wi-Fi, charging stations, public art, new platform waiting areas, general station renovations and improved signage. All of these enhancements will be customized to the needs of each station and constructed with minimal disruptions.

The 16 stations are broken up by county below.

Nassau County Stations:
· Great Neck
· Bellmore
· Stewart Manor
· Valley Stream
· Baldwin
· Merrick
· Syosset
· Farmingdale

Suffolk County Stations:
· Northport
· Stony Brook
· Port Jefferson
· Wyandanch
· Deer Park
· Brentwood
· Ronkonkoma
· East Hampton

A $20 million project will add a stop on the LIRR Ronkonkoma Branch at the center of Long Island’s innovation corridor at Brookhaven National Laboratory. An additional $20 million will support the development of a new terminal at MacArthur Airport to provide direct service to the LIRR.

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