Kathy Hochul, MTA announce completion of LIRR ‘Third Track’ expansion

 

The MTA has finished building 9.8 miles of new track that officials say will dramatically expand Long Island Railroad service, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Monday.

The $2.5 billion effort — started under disgraced ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo — will add extra capacity to the commuter railroad, allowing officials to run more trains in both directions thanks to the extra rail capacity.

“This is just a dream,” Hochul said at an announcement on Long Island.

“We’re going to see a 40% increase in LIRR service. I mean, that’s astounding.”

Combined with a new LIRR terminal set to open later this year at Grand Central, the new track capacity will allow for a 40% increase in service, according to officials, including new “reverse-peak” eastbound service.

Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the MTA has finished building 9.8 miles of new track for the LIRR.
According to Hochul, the expansion will lead to a 40% increase in LIRR service.
According to Hochul, the expansion will lead to a 40% increase in LIRR service.
MTA Chairman Janno Lieber said the expansion will also lead to an increase in "reverse peak train frequency."
MTA Chairman Janno Lieber said the expansion will also lead to an increase in “reverse peak train frequency.”

“It will increase access to the region’s talent pool by enabling not only a 40% overall increase in LIRR service, but a huge uptick in reverse peak train frequency,” MTA Chairman Janno Lieber said in a statement. “It’s a win-win-win.”

The project — which came in $100 million under-budget from its initial price tag — also included station upgrades at New Hyde Park, Merillon Avenue, Mineola, Carle Place and Westbury.

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