edflyerssn007 wrote:https://www.newsday.com/long-island/tra ... 1.26729576
"The study aims to examine the possibility of linking Nassau and/or Suffolk to Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor, which stretches from Washington, D.C., to Boston, using the Long Island Rail Road’s tracks. Amtrak said such a link “will allow for through and connecting service from Long Island to other Amtrak destinations throughout region, the Northeast Corridor and the Nation.”
I think the key sentence & sentiment is found here:
In a statement, Amtrak senior executive vice president Stephen Gardner said Amtrak is looking forward to working with the MTA “on advancing direct Amtrak service to and from key population centers on Long Island.”
Where "through" and "regional" can definitely mean Empire Corridor"
Where "connecting" and NEC & National can mean same-ticket service from Long Island to NEC & LDs (maybe even on LIRR)
Where "through" and "Northeast Corridor" might require 5th&6th track to Jamaica.
As noted upthread, the "key population centers" on Long Island are the 4M people of subway-and-LIRR accessible Brooklyn&Queens (accessed at Jamaica), and another 2M in Nassau & WESTERN Suffolk, accessed at Jamaica or a TBD location, no more east than western Suffolk.
Amtrak said they are interested in "population centers" and did NOT mention "leisure destinations" or "empty, dangling, singletrack dunescapes"