Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s plans for large-scale investment in Long Island’s infrastructure is refreshing and ambitious [“LI future at stake,” News, Jan. 6]. However, it’s almost quixotic to propose these projects without detailing how to implement them.
While the Long Island Rail Road’s third track is the most realistic proposal, others, such as the cross-Sound tunnel, are essentially non-starters.
As a planner and land-use columnist, I welcome big thinking. However, doing so without properly addressing how to build or how to pay for projects is the reason why so many projects have languished for so long.
Rich Murdocco, Syosset
Editor’s note: The writer blogs as TheFoggiestIdea.org.
I’m against the third track for the Long Island Rail Road [“LIRR’s 3rd track gets 2nd chance,” News, Jan. 6].
In Mineola, there are eight at-grade crossings within about a half-mile. Federal rules require trains to sound their horns at each crossing. This makes for a limited quality of life near the tracks.
When the LIRR gates are down on Willis Avenue, this causes a traffic mess from Old Country Road to Jericho Turnpike, especially during rush hour. Motorists might have to wait a couple of traffic-light changes to cross the tracks.
Adding a third track and more trains would only make things worse. Unless all the tracks are elevated; or the roads depressed, as was done at Roslyn Road; or the horn rule is modified for urban areas, there is no legitimate argument to add a third track.
Charles S. Naftal, Mineola