Southampton Officials Optimistic for Improved Rail Service

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Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman on Thursday said he was pleased that there appears to be progress between the Long Island Rail Road and local municipalities about the possibility of expanding rush hour service from Speonk to Montauk.

The railroad is considering adding two additional eastbound trains in the morning and two additional westbound trains in the evening. Towns and villages would be required to underwrite the cost of shuttle bus service between the train station and employment centers such as government offices, schools, and other institutions like Southampton Hospital.

Mr. Schneiderman said the increased computer service would be aimed at people who work east of the Shinnecock Canal because that’s where the worst traffic tie-ups are. “It’s basically to get people through the trade parade,” he said.

The supervisor said he expected people would ride the train, if given the option, because “it is affordable, it gets them there in a shorter amount of time, and they can get work done on the train.”

He added the service would like benefit those who work in one place, not trades people who typically have to bring their tools from job site to job site. Nonetheless, “if we can take some of those other cars off the road, I think it will make a big difference,” he said.

The supervisor said he was looking into whether the town would qualify for grant money to help underwrite the cost of the shuttle service and added he was hopeful it could get reimbursed for up to half the cost.

 

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