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Official: LI transit getting $6.5M for improvements

Long Island's transportation infrastructure is getting a $6.5 million infusion of grant money for improvements ranging from the purchase of new buses to upgrading diesel engines on commuter trains, said State Sen. Charles Fuschillo Jr. (R-Merrick).

Fuschillo, chairman of the Senate's Transportation Committee, said Thursday the grant money is part of the state budget and that "undertaking these new projects will strengthen our transportation infrastructure, promote economic development, and create jobs."

Fuschillo in a news release from his office also praised the State Legislature and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo for making "additional infrastructure investments a priority in this year's state budget."

According to the release, the grant will be used for the following:

More than $1.3 million in combined funding will go to NICE Bus, Suffolk Transit, Long Beach Bus and Huntington Area Rapid Transit to undertake capital improvements. The funds can be used to purchase buses and/or make needed upgrades to transit facilities.

$2.75 million for upgrading diesel train engines on the Long Island Rail Road to improve emissions standards.

$2.5 million for track expansion at the Brookhaven Rail Terminal, a multimodal freight rail facility that provides rail-based shipping, warehousing and logistic services.

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