Newsday asked its readers in February to discuss their ideas, concerns and thoughts about the future of travel on Long Island.
Here are some responses:
“I would like to see more frequent buses. You have to wait a long time. I’d like for the fare not to go up more. The train fare is so high it’s hard to afford it. The Metro card is $92 a month and I don’t have that kind of money right now. I have to scrounge up quarters for the bus every day....People like me who don’t have a job, it’s hard to get around. I don’t have a car now.
— Anthony DeJesus, 43, Freeport. He’s a laid-off carpenter going to school to become a nurses aide.
“Right now the critical area is to try to save our routes, without them suspending service. I’ve been riding the bus for thirty years. It’s convenient and cheap. I can’t afford a car.”
— Wendy Corley, 53, of Roosevelt is retired hospital clinic housekeeper. She takes the bus every day.
Long Island traffic
“The way that traffic on the LI Expressway, and other roads, could be relieved would be to create a number of intermodal (freight train to truck) transportation centers throughout Nassau and Suffolk... .Rail freight would be an asset to Long Island and allievate the truck traffic coming in and out over the bridges. You’d just have local deliveries.”
— John O’Hara, 50 of Bayport, is a commercial real estate broker. For freight-rail centers, he suggest the former Grumman facility in Hicksville for Nassau, and the Pilgrim State Hospital site in Suffolk.
“There always seems to be a bottleneck somewhere... I think if there were incentives given to companies to stagger work hours and implement telecommuting...more flexibility around the rush hour could help and wouldn’t cost anything.
Theodora Georgopoulos, 30, of Bellmore is a biological products researcher. She commutes drives from Bellmore to Port Washington.
"Any planner will tell you that only running trains East and West all across a 100-mile span without a hub or North/South interphase is foolish...If you had north shore and south lines looping through, you’d have trains in constant motion, so you’d have trains where you want them more frequently going both ways.
Sean Gregg, 44, of Bayport is a business consultant. He takes the during weekdays. He also say the LIRR should create express trains from New York to the East End so companies would be more willing to locate here.
Lack of mass transit presence
“We’re car based and never been mass transit based. I grew up on Long Island and I don’t think I’ve ever been on a bus here.”
— Ray Guarino, 51, of Merrick, is a college faculty member and drives on Meadowbrook Parkway to Garden City from Merrick.
“I feel like the Long Island transportation system should be more like the New York City system, where if you get up at six you don’t need to worry about waiting in the cold.”
— Devahn Cooper, 24, Uniondale, works in retail sales.
“Create a monorail system in Nassau's Hub allowing people to go to Hofstra, the Coliseum, Roosevelt field mall, the Source mall and Eisenhower Park without having to drive to each one.”
Erik MacEwen, 30, of West Islip, works for the Port Authority of NY and NJ and drives to work.