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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The Third Track Project remains a vital element for an intra-island transportation system. The project will spur economic development, protect our environment, and address Long Island's growing reverse commute.

The Third Track is the development of an additional track from New Hyde Park to Hicksville along the LIRR Main Line. It was postponed due to MTA budget constraints.

The Third Track Project would have been an important component for an intra-Long Island transportation system. In addition to the increased trains that it would support, the project would also eliminate five grade crossings, improve road safety, and reduce noise pollution.

The importance of this project has been well-documented for many years. The housing crisis on Long Island has forced young people who work here to find homes in NYC. The growing reverse commute has strained our transportation infrastructure--the railroad and our highways--to the breaking point. Approximately 140,000 New York City residents work on Long Island. 120,000 of them drive because there is not enough eastbound Long Island railroad service.

Regional benefits of the Third Track include:

  • Improved service reliability for 5 LIRR branches
  • Enhanced safety and accident prevention
  • Support LI housing market
  • Support local and regional economic growth
  • Anticipated to create up to 25,000 construction-related jobs
Testimony by the Long Island Association to the Comm. on MTA Funding (Sept. 22, 2008)
Third Track: New York-Long Island Traffic Relief, Jeffrey M. Zupan, Newsday (Aug. 1, 2008)
Third Track's A Charm, Newsday (July 20, 2008)
Setting the Record Straight on the Third Track, Congresswoman Carloyn McCarthy (Jan. 4, 2008)