This week, legislators in Albany are due to go home for the summer. With the clock ticking, an issue with huge implications for Long Island might not get addressed: finding revenue to close a $14 billion gap in the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's capital plan.

This is the MTA's five-year construction plan, which includes state-of-good-repair projects like new power and signaling systems. The plan also includes expansion and enhancement projects such as East Side Access, the second track from Ronkonkoma to Farmingdale, and a new Long Island Rail Road station at Republic Airport.

The past 30 years of MTA investments in Long Island have yielded a 19 percent increase in LIRR ridership and improved performance, due in large part to those elected officials and governors who championed increased investment.

Three decades of successes are now threatened by a system increasingly stressed by a lack of capacity, aging infrastructure and more frequent severe weather events. Without the projects in the capital plan, the commuting experience will not improve.

We need to invest in a transit system that addresses future needs. The East Side Access project will bring LIRR trains into Grand Central Terminal on Manhattan's East Side for the first time. There is $2.6 billion in the capital program for this project.

Two contracts for East Side Access worth $1 billion are scheduled to move forward in the next couple of months, but would be stuck in limbo without a fully funded capital plan.

Projects are not only in jeopardy, construction jobs are, too. We are looking to Long Island's state delegation and the governor for leadership on this issue.

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Marcia Bystryn

Veronica Vanterpool

Manhattan

Editor's note: The writers are, respectively, president of the New York League of Conservation Voters and director of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign.