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LIRR’s Double Track Project Pulls In a Year Ahead of Schedule

The state’s $500-million Long Island Rail Road Double Track project has been completed more than a year ahead of schedule. It adds a second 13-mile track on the LIRR’s main line between Farmingdale and Ronkonkoma, NY, a segment of the LIRR that carries 48,000 riders every weekday.

“After 70 years of stagnation, we are investing $6.6 billion in 100 projects to completely transform the LIRR and improve service, and the completion of the new Double Track demonstrates our commitment to delivering results,” said Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The Double Track allows the LIRR to immediately begin offering substantial reverse peak service on the Ronkonkoma Line in the mornings and evenings for the first time. In addition, early completion of the project will free up LIRR resources for other projects in support of LIRR’s expansion and modernization like East Side Access, the Main Line Third Track, and the Mid-Suffolk Train Storage Yard.

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