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Letter: Plan for third track is misguided

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. Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

Isn’t that nice — a letter writer from Hauppauge scolds Floral Park residents as unreasonable NIMBYs for opposition to the Long Island Rail Road third-track plan [“Village must look at third-rail benefits,” July 28].

How does he know what the length and severity of the disruption will be, even though details of the plan aren’t nearly finalized? More important, where is the evidence that this plan will benefit Long Island at all? The bill of goods that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is selling — that more reverse-commuting capacity to Long Island is needed — is clearly false, given that current reverse-commute trains aren’t nearly full.

This misguided plan is the work of elitist politicians whose solution to most everything is more public transportation. Transportation infrastructure ought to meet the needs of the marketplace, not be used as a hammer to pound the marketplace into something they want it to be.

Tom Van Riper, Floral Park


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