• Lower Montauk Division Discussion

  • Discussion of the past and present operations of the Long Island Rail Road.
Discussion of the past and present operations of the Long Island Rail Road.

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  by Backshophoss
 
Same Bridge,M/L cutoff was a hand throw switch on the bridge,ended at the crossover switches to M/L 1 and M/L 2,
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  by Jeff Smith
 
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Rather than spend $2,2 billion to build a light rail system which could take a decade or more, why not ask the LIRR to resume service on this corridor which ended in 1998? They could run a two-car scoot service reconnecting Long Island City, Glendale and Middle Village with other communities including Richmond Hill and other intermediate stops to Jamaica.

The LIRR could use existing equipment which would afford far early implementation of service versus Light Rail. This would provide connections east bound to the J/Z and E subway lines, Kennedy Airport via Train to Plane and Jamaica LIRR Station. Queens residents traveling to jobs and colleges in Nassau and Suffolk counties would have access to all LIRR branches except the Port Washington line. Ditto for those traveling to the Barclay Center and downtown Brooklyn via the LIRR Atlantic Avenue branch.

There would also be connections west bound at either Hunters Point or Long Island City LIRR stations to the No. 7 subway line.
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  by ConstanceR46
 
I feel this isn't accounting for the stretching of cab cars and diesels.

IMO the best option would be to tie up the east-end services with an order of FRA-exemption Euro units - perhaps FLIRTs - and then deploy those on the Lower Montauk, Bay Ridge, etc and so on. It wouldn't be that difficult to time-separate the NYAR, would it?
  by Jeff Smith
 
Makes me wonder if they could do something similar with the Atlantic Branch from Jamaica, since it seems they are going to a scoot service.
  by krispy
 
A little splash of reality here - everyone forgets why the LI abandoned it in the first place. A requirement for compliant stations with ADA (as opposed to posting a station sign by a crossing) and having to wire the branch for PTC. Big $$$. Also, really low passenger counts. A few old timers and a few UPS guys heading to LIC.

Now the ABS is gone/torn up, and tracks have not been maintained to fast pax standards. So lots of work to do, and the funds are rapidly going to dry up. If someone else could get the money, I'm sure the LI would love to go back to their roots, but here they have to make do with what Albany dolls out.

There's a couple of local Queens politicians who like to trot this out for whatever reason, and then there's much more ready to pounce on it in favor against. There's a very hostile Community Board in Fresh Pond and apartment complex in Glendale that have had a lot of practice trying to decimate what's there already, for years.
  by ConstanceR46
 
Yes, but keep in mind - it was abandoned a little over 20 years ago, when LIC was far, far less residential and dense, there wasn't as much hype around the possible re-activation of the Rockaway line, the Triboro RX wasn't even close to thought out.

I think it's at least worth discussing it without being dismissed as a dreamer.
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