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ENB - Region 1 Notices 5/11/2016

Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

Nassau County - The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) - Long Island Rail Road (LIRR), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Long Island Rail Road Expansion Project may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. Written comments on the draft scope will be accepted by the contact listed below until 5:00 p.m. June 13, 2016. Public scoping sessions will be held as follows:

Date: May 24, 2016
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: The Inn at New Hyde Park
214 Jericho Turnpike,
New Hyde Park, NY

Date: May 24, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Mack Student Center
Hofstra University,
Hempstead, NY

Date: May 25, 2016
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: 'Yes We Can' Community Center
141 Garden Street
Westbury, NY

Date: May 25, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Antun's
244 West Old Country Road
Hicksville, NY

The action involves the following actions:

  • Installation of additional track to complete a continuous third Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) Main Line track along the 9.8-mile corridor from Floral Park Station to Hicksville.
  • Elimination of seven existing grade crossings within the project limits to provide grade-separated crossings or potentially, in one or two cases, full closures to vehicular traffic, with the nature of the modification to be based on New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) design criteria, consideration of construction impacts and duration, traffic impacts, and input from the community.
  • Construction of retaining walls along portions of the corridor.
  • Modifications to passenger rail stations and parking (e.g., modified and improved platforms, passenger shelters, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) enhancements, and parking modifications including new parking facilities at the New Hyde Park and Mineola stations).
  • Modifications to railroad infrastructure including signal systems, substations, culverts, interlocking, crossovers, sidings, track bed, powersystems, communications and signals.
  • Utility relocations, including electric, signal, communications, gas, water, sewer, and storm sewer systems.

The project is located along a 9.8-mile LIRR corridor from Floral Park to Hicksville, New York.

Contact: Edward Dumas, MTA - LIRR, Jamaica Station, Jamaica, NY 11435, Phone: (718) 4904, E-mail:

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