Officials Discuss Plan To Reduce Traffic And Increase Connectivity On Long Island

HUNTINGTON, NY (WCBS 880) – Ask anyone on Long Island about the traffic and they will likely tell you something needs to be done.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall On The Story

Lawmakers say a major plan, called Connect Long Island, would increase public transportation and reduce car use.

The plan includes trains running north to south, apartments being built near train stations, and buses nearly running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so folks would not have to wait.

Babylon town supervisor and Suffolk County Executive candidate Steve Bellone is among the supporters of the plan.

“Basically, Connect Long Island means we need to build around transit centers and then we need to connect those to regional hubs like 110 corridor, where there are 125,000 jobs. Everybody knows on Long Island that you cannot grow this economy by simply adding more cars to the roadway,” he said.

“It moves people north-south, which is so vital. It discourages car usage because we have traffic tie-ups, and we’ll always have them. You’re not going to widen those roads anymore than they currently are,” said Huntington town supervisor Frank Petrone.

Eric Alexander of Vision Long Island loves the idea.

“Which means there’s less people on the roadway, less congestion, and, ultimately, when you talk about liking walking and biking, you’re talking about healthier folks,” he told WCBS 880 reporter Sophia Hall.

Although many applaud this plan the major problem is the cost.

Lawmakers told Hall that they hope the private sector will help contribute to make the idea a reality.

What ideas do you have for reducing traffic on Long Island? Share them in the comments section below!

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  • marx engels

    You would have had a third main line if Hitler Moses had made the LIE right-of-way wider, but trains had no place in his vision of the future, just as extending the trains along the GCP and the Van Wyck to both airports was shot down. They successfully did it in Chicago.
    As far as more bus service, Mr.Mangano and his rich friends are planning to do the exact opposite. And if the arrogant folks in New Hyde Park and Garden City would stop their nonsense, a third track could be built on the main line.

  • Lawn-Guy Land

    Public transportation and transit-oriented development have NO PLACE on Long Island. The fact that we drive everywhere is what makes us REAL New Yorkers.

    • The Realist

      This is true. Trains and buses will never count as “transportation” because REAL people drive.

  • whiteeagle

    When it snows, my 4×4 can get me to work.
    When it rains–even when lighting crashes, it gets me home.
    Railroads, not so much. They forget to get the snow removal equipment ready when blizzards are forecast. When lightning strikes, they shut down for hours (remember Sept. 29).
    If you want me to take mass transit, the trains have to run on time, and be affordable. That means better management than you have today, and workers who actually want to work, and not just stick with the union playbook. Can’t see that happening on Long Island.
    Also, I’m tired of subsidizing transit with my tax dollars. particularly buses. If they build a system, it must pay for itself.

  • Jimmy

    never happen

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