Senate Republicans Approve Funding For LIRR Third Track

Jul 12, 2017
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New York State Senate Republicans have approved funding for the long-proposed third track of the Long Island Rail Road between Floral Park and Hicksville.

Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan announced on Tuesday that the Senate would sign off on the nearly $2 billion project.

Two weeks ago, the authorization bill was withdrawn by Governor Andrew Cuomo after Flanagan threatened to kill it over concerns by residents of Floral Park and New Hyde Park over traffic and noise.

MTA Announces Commuting Alternatives During Penn Station Repairs

Jul 6, 2017
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MTA officials announced an array of options for Long Island commuters during Amtrak's infrastructure renewal plan at Penn Station, which is expected to reduce rush hour service by 20 percent throughout the summer. The changes will affect travelers on weekdays from July 10 through September 1.

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Bus service from the Long Island Rail Road to Jones Beach will be restored starting Thursday.  

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced $200,000 in funds to bring back the Nassau Inter County Express, or NICE, bus service between the Freeport LIRR station and the beach.

Nassau County was forced to cut back on service to the beach at the end of June because of its budget difficulties.

The new funding is the result of negotiations between the state Parks Department, the Department of Transportation, the Empire State Development Corporation, and Nassau County.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared a State of Emergency for the MTA. This allows the agency to speed up improvements on the Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North, and the New York City Subways.

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The Long Island Rail Road will give fare reductions of up to 25 percent to commuters who travel to Brooklyn or Queens instead of Penn Station during this summer’s track work at Penn.