Letter: Belmont could add Park & Ride lot

Patrons wait to board the train at the

Patrons wait to board the train at the Belmont Park station following the Belmont Stakes on June 7, 2014. Photo Credit: Twitter / @Markfavors

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The inadequate Long Island Rail Road facilities at the Belmont Park Station raises the question as to why the station and track parking lot are not utilized as a Park & Ride ["LIRR looking to cut Belmont days," News, June 24].

It's an excellent location, midway between the Northern State and Southern State parkways. There are three tracks that could have platform access: the Oyster Bay, Ronkonkoma and Port Jefferson branches. Yes, LIRR officials admit the platforms need upgrading, but that's easy: fix 'em!

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If 5,000 to 15,000 commuters were charged $5 to park and were assured an express ride into the city, I believe it would be an instant success. The commuters would save on fuel and parking in the city, and the racetrack could divide the parking fees.

James P. Kelly, Huntington

Editor's note: The writer is an adjunct professor of political science at St. Joseph's College in Patchogue.

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