How the Third Track happened

After decades of delays, the $2.6 billion Long Island Rail Road Third Track project is currently underway. Read below how the main line expansion finally came to fruition in the new case study released by the Rauch Foundation detailing how, after 70 years of political gridlock, the project was revived, developed and started.

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Breaking Through: How smart partnerships overcame decades of resistance to modernize America’s busiest commuter railroad was presented at a launch event hosted by the Long Island Association, in partnership with Newsday’s nextLI initiative. Speakers included MTA Chief Development Officer Janno Lieber, Rauch Foundation President Nancy Douzinas and Long Island Association President Kevin Law.

A panel moderated by Newsday Opinion Editor Rita Ciolli discussed how this model could address political gridlock across the nation. The panelists were Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, Deputy Suffolk County Executive Lisa Black, Westbury Village Mayor Peter Cavallaro, Right Track for LI Coalition Executive Director Dave Kapell and New York State Laborers’ Organizing Fund Rob Micaleff.

So what is the next big project Long Island needs to tackle? Tell us below and watch the video of the event below to hear ideas shared there.

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