The New York City Department of Transportation is conducting a study to evaluate the feasibility of reintroducing passenger rail service on the Lower Montauk Branch line. The branch connects the existing Long Island Rail Road stations of Long Island City and Jamaica, passing through the neighborhoods of Maspeth, Ridgewood, Glendale, Middle Village, and Richmond Hill. The Long Island Rail Road provided passenger service along the branch at five stations until 1998. Currently, the branch is used for freight service only.
This study, sponsored by Council Member Elizabeth Crowley, will explore options for restoring passenger service that responds to the needs of adjacent neighborhoods, explore development potential to support passenger service, and balance the demands of current and future freight rail activity.
Stakeholder and Public Involvement
May 16, 2017 – Workshop Presentation Download the presentation (pdf)
January 23, 2017 – Public Stakeholder Outreach Presentation Download the presentation (pdf)
2015 – Study Proposed by Council Member Elizabeth Crowley
June 2016 – Funding Secured for Study
Summer 2016 – Initial Outreach to Elected Officials, Community Boards, Community Stakeholders and City and State Agencies
December 2016 – Study Initiated
January 2017 – Outreach to Elected Officials, Community Boards and Community Stakeholders
Spring 2017 – Public Outreach Workshop
Late Summer 2017 – Final Study to be Released