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Feb 10, 2016 11:14 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Thiele Requests Second Track On LIRR

Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. requested that Governor Andrew Cuomo amend his 2016 budget to include the construction of the second track, which would go from Sayville to Montauk.  PRESS FILE
Feb 10, 2016 11:18 AM

If State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. gets his way, a second track on the Long Island Rail Road could be on the horizon.

Last week, the assemblyman requested that Governor Andrew Cuomo amend his 2016 budget to include the construction of a second track running from Sayville to Montauk.

According to a release from Mr. Thiele’s office, Mr. Cuomo has already budgeted for a major capital improvement on the LIRR’s main line running from Floral Park to Hicksville. Mr. Thiele said the LIRR is not doing enough for South Fork residents, and that the railroad no longer serves simply as a commuter train between Long Island and New York City.

A second track would mitigate traffic on South Fork roads, especially during the summer, Mr. Thiele said. “The answer lies with underutilized rail lines that could expand public transit,” he said.

The second track would also serve shuttle trains from Patchogue to Montauk, helping local residents commute to their jobs. Suffolk County buses could be coordinated with the shuttle trains and transport workers to the “commercial and job centers on the East End,” according to the release.

“This truly would be the type of transformative project that Governor Cuomo is seeking to improve the quality of life and economic climate on Long Island and in New York State,” Mr. Thiele said in the release. “We only need the political will to make it happen.”

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Yeah, They'll park the Porsche and take the train. Or contractors can take their tools on the train. Once again, Theile is out of touch with reality.

By Draggerman (941), Southampton on Feb 10, 16 11:26 PM
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Several years ago they ran trains more frequently for a short time (perhaps it was during road work?) and many commuters - especially teachers - were able to take advantage of the trains. I remember the roads being noticeably better.
By llamaben (4), Southampton on Feb 11, 16 10:10 AM
Trains again would be GREAT! I took full advantage of using the LIRR
By Claire (3), Southampton on Feb 11, 16 10:30 AM
Good to see Assemblyman Thiele do something beside getting his wife on the public dole.
By Colt (36), Wainscott on Feb 12, 16 11:48 AM
Where does the land to lay more track come from? Eminent Domain? That idea didn't work too well in the once a upon a time plan to add a roadway through the South Fork.

So is it rail or road that is the ultimate goal here?

Might just as well add an elevated limited access road way above Montauk Highway or build a tunnel while were dreaming through the opium pipe.

The south fork is already over populated, over developed.

Take existing roads and make them toll ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Feb 14, 16 8:11 PM
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