"...State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. said on Tuesday that the 2019-20 state budget is expected to include dedicated funding that could be used for the planning process of expanding the Montauk Branch, although the amount of money was not disclosed. The expansion would include adding interlocked sidings along with sections of double track that will allow trains to pass. “That would be great,” Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said on Tuesday after hearing the news. “That really is our technical roadblock. Maybe it’s not a roadblock but a train block.”..."
"..is expected, ... could be used... although the amount of money was not disclosed..."
Great, but perhaps more political posturing on the part of elected officials to be able to provide the electorate with indication of what great work is being done in Albany, that may never come to pass? How much, when, and who will pay? Opinion: A non-starter and DOA, just a head line grabber. (See past 50 years of this type of announcement) Please correct me, if I'm off base on this one.