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Letter: Do stations help town economies?

This view looking west, shows the stretch of

This view looking west, shows the stretch of single-track main line between the Pinelawn and Wyandanch stations on the LIRR's Ronkonkoma branch, April 16, 2012. Photo Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

Various municipalities treat Long Island Rail Road stations and associated facilities in their communities as for residents first [“LIRR parking ban OKd,” News, Dec. 9]. I want to know if having a station in your town is a financial positive or negative.

If municipalities have a net negative financial burden from hosting stations, then their resident-first stances might reasonable. But if they benefit from the stations and the associated commerce, then their actions need to be stopped. There is no way for other communities to build their own stations. They are part of the infrastructure of our Island and should be viewed as a shared resource.

Jeff Goldman, West Babylon