Written by Jaclyn Gallucci Saturday, 05 October 2013 00:00
A new study of Long Island’s trains has culminated in a “Laggy” win by the Port Jefferson Branch of the Long Island Rail Road, which runs through Mineola. The “Laggy” awards were given this month to branches of the LIRR with the greatest lost economic productivity, delay per rider and lost time, as a tongue-in-cheek way of getting additional capital investment in local rails from state legislators.
“LIRR’s frequent delays truly add up to lost economic productivity and commuter time over the course of a year,” said Ben Rosenblatt, the research fellow for the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, who conducted the analysis. “In fact, estimates of total lost productivity are greater than last year’s profits of some of Long Island’s largest companies, such as VOXX International, Nathan’s, and 1-800 FLOWERS.”
Disruptions in service on the Babylon, Ronkonkoma and Huntington branches contributed the most to lost productivity, according to Rosenblatt. However, the Port Jefferson line, along with the Montauk and Ronkonkoma, provided the greatest levels of delay per rider.
Delays over the course of one year added up to 22.3 hours for each rider. Tri-State used MTA-provided ridership, on-time performance, and other lateness, termination, and cancellation data, along with 2010 Census-derived income assumptions regarding the value of lost time, to develop the Laggy award methodology.
While the awards identify branches, the actual recipients of LIRR funds are New York State’s elected officials who approve funding for the system and are responsible for ensuring dedicated transit funds make their way to the MTA system and are not diverted to other uses.
“As discussions begin on how to fund the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s 2015-2019 Capital Program begin in a few months, it is imperative that Long Island’s elected officials in both the New York State Assembly and Senate identify the funding needed to ensure the Long Island Rail Road is in a state of good repair,” said Ryan Lynch, associate director of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign. “Not doing so will only continue to negatively impact the Island’s economy and put further strain on regional and local businesses.”
The report called on Governor Cuomo and Long Island’s state elected officials to fully fund the 2015-2019 MTA Capital Program.
“When you waste folks’ time it really is death by a thousand cuts,” said Eric Alexander, executive director of Vision Long Island. “In order to provide efficient transportation options for people, the current LIRR rail system and operations needs strategic investment and upgrades.”
The study found the total lost economic productivity due to late, canceled and terminated trains on the Long Island Rail Road from July 2012 through June 2013 was $60,760,661.
Planning for the next capital program of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, of which LIRR is a subsidiary agency, will begin this fall.
Saturday, 25 October 2014 00:00
Way before Home Depot or Ace Hardware came into existence, there were little mom-and-pop shops like Munder’s True Value on Hillside Avenue in Williston Park. The hardware store, which opened its doors in 1948, is somewhat of a suburban dinosaur having outlasted several other hardware stores in the area.
“My father, Charles, opened this store in 1948 after returning home from World War II,” said Bill Munder, who took over the store operation seven years ago. “His parents wanted to know his plans after he returned home from the marines and he decided to open this store on Hillside Avenue.”
Friday, 24 October 2014 00:00
The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from the Mineola School District showing a mild resistance to the exams.
According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, Mineola had some of the lowest numbers, with eight students opting out of the English Language Arts test. However, not a single Mineola student missed the math test. In East Williston, the opt out rates were 75 students in ELA and 60 in math.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
The New York Cosmos hosted the Mineola Athletic Association’s Soccer Club recently for its penultimate fall 2014 home game. More than 140 members of the MAA soccer club and their families came out on a chilly October evening to show their love of the game. Twenty-two Mineola boys and girls had the honor of escorting the New York Cosmos and Ottawa Fury players onto the field in the traditional “Walk of Champions.”
The Mineola spirit must have inspired the home team, as spectators enjoyed the exciting 2-1 Cosmos victory, with the game-winning goal coming in stoppage time.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
As a current member of the Mineola High School Varsity Soccer team, senior, Catherine Cunningham has been dominating the scoring for the Mustangs. She has 12 goals and two assists in the last seven games.
In her last week of play alone, she amassed six goals in just three games. As a captain for the last two years, Cunningham has been an All-Conference and All-Class player, leading her team to two victories so far this season.