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Letters: Third track would ease Long Island traffic

An LIRR conductor checks out his train while

An LIRR conductor checks out his train while stopped at Jamaica station July 8, 2014. Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

I’m always amazed at the opposition to bringing the busiest commuter rail line in the country into the 21st century by building a third track between Floral Park and Hicksville.

As a letter writer aptly pointed out, this project would increase the number of passenger and freight trains [“Third track would increase traffic,” Letters, Oct. 27]. Exactly the point! It would get cars and 16-wheelers off of our ridiculously congested roads.

The next time you pass a truck on the Long Island Expressway, see what type of hazardous cargo placards you can spot. I would rather have the hazmat carrier on a few relatively safe rail cars, and I live a stone’s throw from the Main Line in Mineola.

I would be happy to deal with a few years of construction inconvenience, and a few more trains speeding by, if they contribute to a better economy on Long Island for our children and less traffic on the road.

Andrew J. Garger, Mineola


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