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, 26 July 2014 00:00
The Village of East Williston was recently ruled against in the second round of lawsuits with neighboring Village of Williston Park involving the latter’s water rates—establishing a 13 percent increase from $3.83 per 1,000 gallons of water to $4.33.
Village of East Williston Mayor David Tanner said that the lawsuit, “still does not resolve the underlying problem between the villages, which is we feel that we’re being charged too much for water—the cost is excessive.”
Tanner said the village is still calculating the financial impact will be, and that the village has been making payments in escrow for every water bill received.
Friday, 25 July 2014 00:00
Only once a year a 25-foot movie screen sits in the middle of Wilson Park in Mineola, ready to entertain residents. This year’s Movie Night in the Park feature The LEGO Movie, sponsored by the Village of Mineola and Mineola Chamber of Commerce on Friday, July 18.
The event, which was free of charge to all of the moviegoers, was meant to help promote local Mineola businesses, according to president of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce Bill Greene.
“Small businesses are the backbone of the American industry, and we feel that this is a great way of giving back to the community with hopes that they’ll remember to shop locally,” said Greene.
Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00
Runners from all over Long Island came to run at the fourth annual Katie Oppo Memorial 5K on Sunday, June 15. The runner first across the finish line was Mineola resident Michael Mariotti, general manager, owner and host of the famous local restaurant Cafe Continental in Manhasset.
The day was glorious as the runners and walkers began their trek through Flower Hill from the starting line at Flower Hill Park. Organizers of this year’s event made the race a USATF Certified 5K race, timed by Long Island Race Timing.
Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00
Mineola Hurricanes lost a battle of the bats on Sunday, June 29, at St. Joseph’s Field in Kings Park, falling short in a 9-8 ball game against the St. Joseph’s Saints in the first game of a doubleheader.
The top of the first saw the Hurricanes take an early 2-0 lead. The runs came home for the Hurricanes when T.J. McManus scored on an error and Connor Eakin scored on a fielder’s choice. The Saints never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring five runs on two errors and an RBI single by Jonathan.