On January 16th, LIRR Expansion Project Director Anthony Tufano and LIRR Expansion Project Deputy Project Director for Construction Tom McGuinness delivered a “What to Expect in 2019” overview to elected officials and leaders from project-adjacent communities. Under discussion following the overview were ongoing construction work, traffic detour implementation plans, digital strategies, the Community Benefits Fund and the Design-Builder Incentive Program.
Residents and commuters along the Main Line corridor have long sought a mass transit solution to reduce road congestion, improve safety and provide an appealing alternative to driving – all with minimal disruption to existing train services and without residential property takings.
The construction of a third track from Floral Park to Hicksville will reduce train congestion and delays and enable true bi-directional service during peak hours with a more reliable rail network. This transformative work includes several related projects, including the construction of up to five parking garages, retaining walls, improvements to rail bridges and the removal of seven street-level grade crossings. Construction has begun and is being handled responsively to minimize the impact on daily routines, with extensive mitigation and public outreach efforts being planned in conjunction with local communities. The overall project is expected to be completed by late 2022.