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Rally for the Rails in Hampton Bays

Tue, 05/14/2024 - 13:14
Durell Godfrey

There will be a rally on Friday at 3:45 p.m. at the Hampton Bays train station to rustle up support for increased train service on the South Fork Commuter Connection.

Southampton Town Councilman Tommy John Schiavoni, who is running for the New York State Assembly as a Democrat, is leading the Rally for the Rails charge among a group of elected officials, labor leaders, and commuters.

The commuter trains run on weekdays from Speonk and Hampton Bays to Montauk and points in between, with two eastbound trains in the morning and two westbound trains in the afternoon. The goal of the rally, Mr. Schiavoni said in a statement, is to urge the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to build sidings on the Long Island Rail Road's Montauk branch. He said this would allow for more commuter trains to run, which would help reduce weekday vehicle traffic on the roads.

"This is an important first step in helping to solve the transportation crisis that we are experiencing on the South Fork," Mr. Schiavoni said. "Increased train service will go a long way in improving the quality of life for commuters and residents alike."

The Hampton Bays train station is at the intersection of Good Ground Road and Springville Road.

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