$20 million NYS Funding for project that will spur economic development and provide Brookhaven residents with more transportation opportunities
Farmingville, NY – Supervisor Ed Romaine and Councilman Dan Panico announced today that the MTA and Long Island Railroad have agreed to relocate the Yaphank train station to an undetermined site east of its current location. The train station is now severely underutilized due to its inconvenient location in West Yaphank and limited train schedule because the LIRR main line can only accommodate diesel powered trains east of Ronkonkoma. The absence of industry or retail along County Road 21 in Yaphank, which is near the current train station, is also a reason for low ridership. The next step in the plan is to conduct a feasibility study to identify and select the new site for the station. New York State has committed $20 million to fund the move. Supervisor Romaine and Councilman Panico have lobbied the MTA and LIRR for many years to give the “go ahead” to the project. Pictured are Supervisor Romaine (center) and Councilman Panico (right) at the January 11 meeting with Town, LIRR and MTA officials to discuss the Yaphank train station move.
The Town has indicated that the Yaphank train station should be moved to a location adjacent to William Floyd Parkway, just south of the Long Island Expressway. Moving it to this location will make train travel more accessible to commuters and provide crucial support to the nearby Brookhaven National Lab (3000 employees), as well as the businesses in the area, including those in the Brookhaven Technology Center (2500 employees), and the sustainable mix-used development “The Meadows at Yaphank,” currently under construction. The station would also service Brookhaven Calabro Airport.
Supervisor Ed Romaine said, “I am pleased that the LIRR and MTA have taken these first steps to move the Yaphank train station east. As a long-time proponent of this plan, I look forward to working with them to select the most convenient and beneficial site for commuters and businesses in the Yaphank and Shirley communities. Future economic growth in the area is dependent on this move, and I will do everything I can to bring this to fruition sooner rather than later.”
Councilman Dan Panico said, “Years ago, I spoke to Supervisor Romaine about the need to relocate the terribly underutilized Yaphank train station to a new station in East Yaphank off of William Floyd Parkway, which would give our residents in this area better and easier access to the Ronkonkoma line. We then worked with our MTA board member Mitch Pally and Senator Ken LaValle to get this transportation project funded. Today, we kicked off with the MTA/LIRR, and their engineering consultants, to review the timeline for this project and look forward to working with them to make this idea a reality for residents.”
Courtesy of Town of Brookhaven