The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) and a coalition of East End elected officials and community groups are discussing proposals to enhance train service on the North Fork and South Fork. The railroad is seeking the public’s input before determining which options to pursue.
Also proposed were additional Ronkonkoma – Greenport roundtrips for weekend service and South Fork potential new “Commuter Connection” that would consist of six new intra-island trains each weekday during non-summer periods.
“We are very pleased by the collaborative, productive dialog that the East End communities and elected officials have engaged in with the railroad,” said Patrick Nowakowski, LIRR president. “This partnership will result in substantial service improvements for area stakeholders.”
“My thanks to the Long Island Rail Road for their continued efforts to increase and improve train service to the East End,” stated Assemblyman Fred Thiele. “We have reviewed service enhancements and schedules and have provided the LIRR with additional information to fine tune these proposals.”
Senator Ken LaValle remarked, “I am pleased that by working together we are on the path to provide better train service for the residents of the East End. There has been a need to improve the system for a long time, and I commend the LIRR for working in partnership with all of the interested groups to reach the common goals. I look forward to the refined enhancements and know that the East End will benefit greatly when they are commenced.”
LIRR is recommending enhancement to an existing westbound one-seat-ride train to Penn Station to originate further east, providing a morning train direct from the Hamptons to Penn Station. Completion of a new signal system between Speonk to Montauk, which is currently under construction, would be required before this potential service could be implemented.