“Another weekday, another delay for Long Island Rail Road commuters.” That should have been the title for the Oct. 6 news story “After latest delays, MTA touts 3rd track.”
On my Oct. 5 commute, I sat on a delayed train for 2½ hours. So I was particularly interested in the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s statement that the third-track project presents a solution for incidents such as the broken rail that snarled service.
As chairman of the Long Island Rail Road Commuter Council, I have long advocated the importance of investing in the LIRR, so I was encouraged to see the MTA acknowledge the third track as a path to better reliability. It is unconscionable that in 2016, with hundreds of thousands of daily commuters, the LIRR relies on only two tracks.
A third track would add much-needed capacity, but also allow two-way traffic to continue during similar incidents. Get this project started and move toward ending the nightmare of delayed and canceled trains.
Mark J. Epstein, Melville