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Re: Belmont Race track station

Postby BM6569 » Thu Jul 26, 2018 7:55 am

"The state’s chief business development agency said the Long Island Rail Road is “evaluating existing rail infrastructure” around Belmont Park in an effort to determine how best to increase service to the planned new Islanders arena.

The LIRR study is expected to be completed by the end of September."

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Re: Belmont Race track station

Postby MNCRR9000 » Sat Nov 17, 2018 3:46 am

However, one of the biggest stumbling blocks to the developer’s ambitious goal continues to be the lack of a viable mass transit solution, even as 11th-hour talks between the state and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority try to solve the daunting and pricey problem of providing adequate train service to the Elmont racetrack property.

Islanders ownership, elected officials and community residents are all on the record saying that creating full-time, train service from east and west to the Belmont Park Long Island Rail Road station is necessary for the arena project to move forward.

At last month’s candidates forum at the Elmont Public Library, State Sen. Todd Kaminsky said: “I’d love to come back here in a couple of months and say we now have full-time train service…If I can’t come back and stand here and look you in the face and say those things, I’m going to have a big problem with the project.”

Islanders co-owner Jon Ledecky told WFAN earlier this year that the Belmont Park LIRR station should have year-round, regular train service. He called the mass transit component “a vital part of the community, not just when there is horse racing and not just when there is a concert or a game. All the time.”

But on the eve of the release of the arena project’s draft environmental impact statement, questions remain. How long will it take to bring viable train service to Belmont Park? How much will that cost? Who will pay for it?


The walkway from the yet-to-be-upgraded Belmont Park LIRR station connects to the grandstand. (Photo by Judy Walker)

The MTA has been looking at several options for LIRR upgrades at Belmont Park, ranging in cost from $30 million for limited service to $300 million for a full-time station, according to Mitch Pally, an MTA board member and CEO of the Long Island Builders Institute.



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Re: Belmont Race track station

Postby krispy » Sat Nov 17, 2018 12:28 pm

MNCRR9000 wrote:Islanders co-owner Jon Ledecky told WFAN earlier this year that the Belmont Park LIRR station should have year-round, regular train service. He called the mass transit component “a vital part of the community, not just when there is horse racing and not just when there is a concert or a game. All the time.”


Seriously? 15 minute walk for me from BRT to Queens Village station. All of the time? Who would actually use it during the off-hours, besides the lowest paid laborers in the park.

BM6569 wrote:"The state’s chief business development agency said the Long Island Rail Road is “evaluating existing rail infrastructure” around Belmont Park in an effort to determine how best to increase service to the planned new Islanders arena.

The LIRR study is expected to be completed by the end of September."


Easy, put switches in at Queens 3 (old Bellerose INT) from East Leg to ML1, as had been initially planned when they re-did Queens. Be nice to have the pocket back! Interesting to see how it will go down as they do the third ML track...
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Re: Belmont Race track station

Postby northpit » Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:24 pm

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Re: Belmont Race track station

Postby railfaned » Sat Nov 17, 2018 5:19 pm

How about extending the future Brooklyn - Jamaica shuttles to Belmont? Just asking. Run thru Holban Yard Ha Ha.
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Re: Belmont Race track station

Postby BM6569 » Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:15 pm

"The Long Island Rail Road has agreed to provide "two trains" for New York Islanders games and other events at the proposed Belmont Park arena, according to a synopsis of the $1.2 billion project posted on Empire State Development’s website Wednesday night.

ESD, the state’s primary business aid agency, also said for the first time that state officials “will concurrently work with LIRR to explore opportunities for a full-time station to meet the needs of commuters and local residents.”

The trains would run from Jamaica station, according to the report, which provided no more information on how and when they would run.

State Sen. Todd Kaminsky (D-Long Beach) said the state/LIRR study would include the possibility of service from the east to Belmont. The latest LIRR transportation plans for Belmont, revealed for the first time in ESD's online post, comes ahead of the agency's board of directors meeting scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday in Manhattan to authorize the release of the draft environmental impact statement for the proposed arena project."

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Re: Belmont Race track station

Postby Meal Period » Sat Dec 08, 2018 9:24 pm

Seems like those Billions could be better spent. They could not draw in Nassau, cannot draw in Brooklyn, so lets try Belmont . Do you really think fans from Long Island will take a train to Jamaica, then an eastbound to Belmont? Then have to do the reverse to go home? They would have been better off transportation wise to stay in Brooklyn.
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