Queens officials push for study to run light rail on little-used Long Island Rail Road track

June 7, 2016

By Dan Rivoli, New York Daily News

Let there be light rail — in Queens.

The borough’s City Council delegation, in a letter to the city transportation commissioner, sought funding for a study to run a light rail on a little-used section of Long Island Rail Road track that stretches from Jamaica to Long Island City.Website Insert Decisions copy

“Existing travel conditions for residents are inconvenient and arduous, and it is vital we take advantage of any opportunity to lift this burden,” Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Queens) wrote in a letter signed by 14 of her colleagues.

Crowley told the Daily News that a light rail would give Queens residents a reason to leave the car at home and avoid the crowding on the No. 7 and E lines that now carry riders across the borough.

“Those two lines are completely congested,” she said. “We need another way to get from east to west.”

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