Infrastructure investments on Long Island

CAPACITY on the busy Long Island Railroad (LIRR), serving New York City and the 7.5million people who live on Long Island, will be increased by 80% once a recently announced $5.6billion infrastructure improvement programme is completed.

LIRR EMD-built DE30AC diesel loco No. 403 is seen at Greenport on June 16. This push-pull shuttle service connects at Ronkonkoma with the electrified line to Hicksville, which is being double tracked as part of the programme. KEITH FENDER

In total, 100 separate projects are included, the main one being the addition of a third track to 9.8 miles of the system’s Trunk Main Line (Floral Park to Hicksville), and combined with power supply improvements (to allow more trains to operate) and station improvements, it will cost $2bn.

A smaller $387.2m project to double 12.6 miles of the currently single Ronkonkoma branch will enable service frequencies to be doubled. Modern signalling, incorporating Positive Train Control, will be fitted across the entire system.

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