Platform improvements at the Long Island Rail Road's Belmont Park station could not only get bettors to the races faster, but could also improve commuting for many Nassau County residents ["Belmont fast-track: LIRR and NYRA make upgrades for Stakes crowd," News, April 27]. With its vast, underutilized parking lots, Belmont could double as a park-and-ride stop for residents of Elmont, Franklin Square and North Valley Stream.
Rush-hour trains originating at Belmont Park could whisk them to Penn Station or Atlantic Terminal in roughly a half-hour. Having the train stop at Queens Village and Hollis could also enable the LIRR to provide better service on the Hempstead Branch.
Besides getting commuters off the highways, the service could relieve crowding on other LIRR routes and make those communities not presently served by the LIRR more desirable places to live.
Ellis Simon, Oceanside
Editor's note: The writer is a volunteer at the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum.