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Letters: Third track draws skepticism and hope

Activists supporting a hike in New York State's

Activists supporting a hike in New York State's minimum wage plan to demonstrate Monday, March 28, 2016, at Mineola, Garden City, and Hicksville LIRR stations. Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

In regard to the Long Island Rail Road’s third-track project, has anyone considered Jamaica station [“Diving into controversy,” News, July 20]? During rush hour, this station is a bottleneck. Now the LIRR wants to increase the traffic through Jamaica and says it has a plan to increase capacity. But a pail of water can hold only so much before it overflows.

The time frame and cost given by the LIRR are also a joke. Just look at the East Side Access connection, which is many years behind and billions of dollars over budget. Who pays for these added costs? And who will really benefit from this third-track plan?

Bruce L. Hecht, New Hyde Park


The Long Island Rail Road third-track project will not only benefit travelers, but also communities along the route [“More concerns over 3rd track,” News, July 27]. The project will eliminate seven noisy grade crossings that jam traffic.

Yet, some local politicians seem more concerned with protecting the status quo than improving quality of life. Surely, some residents along the track have legitimate concerns, but local leaders seem more concerned with the superficial and short-term desires of a few constituents without taking into account their impact on the greater community. Should the long-term economic and environmental health of Long Island take a backseat to a swimming complex in Floral Park? I think not.

It seems to me that these “Main Line mayors” are taking a stand against the future for the sake of their next elections. However, their shortsighted approach risks depriving constituents of the benefits grade-crossing elimination can yield: less traffic, quieter trains, fewer delays from gates and no more grade-crossing collisions.

Ellis Simon, Oceanside