What is wrong with the town of Brookhaven? For the immense positives BRT has brought to both the town and on a regional level, and BRT being essentially the only chance Long Island has at expanding its reliance on freight rail, it seems the town should be praising this terminal's expansion... not trying to stop it over petty claims of "sand mining" and the technicality over what constitutes a "spur track". After reading the claims by both parties in the two PDF documents above, there really does appear to be some bad blood and past friction between the town and BRT. However, the extension to Site C is UNDENIABLY a spur track as seen in both the track diagrams and satellite imagery, and its definition as a spur track has been established from the previous lawsuit. Move on, petty politicians, and stop trying to stop progress. The desperation of the town to make *any sort of case* out of this is evidenced in their emotionally-driven keywords used in their complaint: "massive"; "audacity"; "environmental disaster"; "unwarranted", and so many other words which attempt to tug at your heartstrings. BRT's claim merely sticks to the facts and numbers.
In the meantime, what's in the best interest of Long Island is completely ignored and contested by the "town", and Long Island's only chance to radically transform and improve its transportation schema is being threatened. Absolutely shameful, Town of Brookhaven. You are not worthy of having your town's name associated with this impressive, game-changing facility; it's truly a shame we have to call it "Brookhaven" Rail Terminal.
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