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Civic annoyed over lengthy LIRR study

Results are allegedly long overdue

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Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:34 am, Thu Mar 20, 2014.

Attention ladies and gentlemen, the Long Island Rail Road is currently operating behind schedule.

That’s according to Newtown Civic Association Treasurer Robert Valdes-Clausell, who claims that results of a feasibility study the LIRR has been conducting regarding the viability of restoring service to the Elmhurst train station are past due.

“I call every two weeks and they say they’re still studying it,” Valdes-Clausell said. “The LIRR reopening the station is critically needed.”

Valdes-Clausell says that a sharp increase in development in recent years combined with increasing congestion along Elmhurst’s main thoroughfares require the reactivation of the train station at Broadway and Whitney Avenue to alleviate pressure on area infrastructure.

The station was closed and razed in January 1985 and the feasibility study was announced last summer at a press conference held by Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Bronx, Queens) and Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), but Valdes-Clausell doesn’t want to wait much longer for the results.

“This would be the first and only LIRR station on Queens Boulevard,” he said. “It would become a transportation hub for express buses as well.”

MTA spokesman Salvatore Arena said in a statement the study is simply “ongoing.”

“We enjoyed a good response from the community to the survey we conducted late last year to gauge the potential demand for LIRR service,” the statement reads.

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