Editorial: South Fork Connection

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Even though turnout was low and there were a few small glitches for some riders when the South Fork Commuter Connection launched on March 4, it’s way too early to brand it a train to nowhere. Our bet is it will show the way to a better future for hundreds of drivers who have had to spend hours every summer week stuck in “trade parade” traffic.

The MTA, the LIRR, the Towns of East Hampton and Southampton and Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., who was the point man for this project as well, all deserve high praise for getting the service off the ground.

Now it’s time for patience, good marketing and the advent of warmer weather, which will jam up the Sunrise and Montauk Highways and inspire new commuters to leave their cars behind west of the Shinnecock Canal and ride to work on the South Fork.