Thiele (I-Sag Harbor) said that at a Jan. 26 meeting with officials from the Long Island Rail Road and East End communities, the parties began discussions to reinstitute the South Fork Commuter Connection, a line that would run locally between Speonk and Montauk four times a day between 6:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
In the long term, East End officials are also pushing for a capital plan to provide train service every half hour eastbound during the morning commute and westbound during the afternoon commute. Due to a current lack of infrastructure, however, a second track from Sayville to Montauk, or perhaps additional sidings, would be required to provide the frequent service. State legislators are expected to seek funding for a study to develop the long-term capital plan during the 2017 state budget process.
As part of discussion with LIRR, North Fork travelers may also see an increase in the number of trains going in and out of Greenport, which could begin by the end of 2017, according to the release from the state. LIRR officials could not immediately be reached for comment.
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