Commuters disembark from a Long Island Railroad train at the...

Commuters disembark from a Long Island Railroad train at the Babylon station in Babylon. Credit: John Dunn

The Long Island Rail Road's plan to replace the Colonial Road Bridge and expand the pocket track on the Port Washington Line east of Great Neck Station is the type of small infrastructure improvement that greatly enhances the efficiency and efficacy of our region's transit network ["Info center on LIRR's track plan," News, March 29].

The pocket track will allow the LIRR to maximize the benefits of the Grand Central Terminal East Side Access project by allowing for more frequent and reliable transit service, while the bridge replacement will provide a smoother ride for motorists as well as safer pedestrian connectivity.

Contrary to assertions of a small group of opponents, studies show that access to better transit actually increases property values, and while the LIRR should make every effort to explain the project and work to address concerns of citizens, this is the exact type of project that's needed to increase Long Island's economic competitiveness, maintain its environment and enhance its quality of life.

Ryan Lynch


Editor's note: The writer is the senior planner for the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, a nonprofit policy organization.