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NFT: Isles Fans - Some Good News on the Belmont Front

Danny Kanell : 7/8/2019 2:20 pm
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the transformational $1.26 billion Belmont Park Redevelopment Project will benefit from a full-time Long Island Rail Road train station, the first full-time LIRR station in nearly 50 years, helping mitigate traffic concerns and providing a new amenity to the Elmont community. In addition, Governor Cuomo released an analysis of the project's economic impact, which found the new arena, hotel and retail village will generate nearly $50 million in new public revenue per year and produce $725 million in annual economic output.

"The Belmont project will help drive the region's economy forward while building the Islanders a state-of-the-art facility at home on Long Island, creating thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in economic output along the way," Governor Cuomo said. "Now with the addition of the first full-time LIRR train station in almost 50 years, we will provide millions of visitors and fans a fast and affordable way to get there and continue New York's nation-leading investments in 21st century transportation infrastructure."

"This new Long Island Rail Road train station in Elmont will transform the area, make commuting easier, and help to reduce traffic," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "The Belmont Redevelopment project, buoyed by a new full-time LIRR station, is expected to have a significant economic impact and projected to generate nearly $50 million in annual public revenue. This station will enhance quality of life for New Yorkers and revitalize the community, strengthening the overall economy of Long Island."


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The new train station will be located between the Queens Village and Bellerose stations on the LIRR's Main Line, just east of the Cross Island Parkway. Electric shuttle buses - which are already planned to run from parking lots within Belmont Park to the arena site - will also serve LIRR riders traveling to the grandstand and planned arena, hotel and retail village. In addition, the new full-time station will relieve pressure on the existing Belmont spur station during major events like the Belmont Stakes and provide critically-needed redundancy if there is a service disruption to the spur, as occurred in 2018.

Importantly, the new station will provide direct service to Belmont Park from both the east and west, as opposed to the LIRR spur, which can only provide westbound service. Now, instead of forcing Long Islanders coming from the east of Belmont to ride past Belmont Park to Jamaica Station and then transfer to a train that backtracks to the spur, travelers who live east of Belmont on the Hempstead, Oyster Bay, Port Jefferson and Ronkonkoma branches will have a one-seat public transit ride straight to Belmont Park. This will reduce travel times and is expected to increase the number of event attendees who use public transportation rather than driving, reducing congestion.

In addition to providing a regular, full-time public transit option to and from Belmont Park and the new arena, hotel and retail village, the new train station will also serve as an additional commuting option for area residents - something the community has needed for years. The station is expected to receive service approximately every half hour during peak times and hourly during off-peak periods. The parking lot north of the Belmont race track, which has 2,860 spaces, will be shared by commuters and arena patrons.

Previously-agreed-to upgrades to the existing LIRR Belmont spur, including the installation of automated track switches, are still included in the project. These upgrades will allow trains leaving the spur after an event to serve stations both east and west of Belmont - providing another post-event public transit option for attendees.


This was a pretty big hurdle they needed to cross. Is this finally gonna happen?

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Was wondering  
GMAN56 : 7/8/2019 2:52 pm : link
how they were going to get people from the station to the arena.
Great job by Malkin and Ledecky  
Metnut : 7/8/2019 3:53 pm : link
to set up with another $100M to build this station. Isles are going to have a state of the art arena built for hockey. Awesome!
Wow  
steviej : 7/8/2019 6:28 pm : link
Thatís great Hope I live to see it .
Much Better...  
kinard : 7/8/2019 8:01 pm : link
... but they should still be playing at Nassau Coliseum.
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Danny Kanell : 7/8/2019 8:10 pm : link
The environmental impact study was passed today too. Hopefully shovels are in the ground this summer. Looks like itís finally happening!
RE: Much Better...  
Danny Kanell : 7/8/2019 8:12 pm : link
In comment 14494774 kinard said:
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... but they should still be playing at Nassau Coliseum.


They should play there until this is done but letís be honest, itís still a shithole. Iíve been to a few games there. Itís loud but the place is still a disaster. Nothing has changed. People are still going outside to piss in portable trailers.
The new LIRR station and the existing....  
MOOPS : 7/9/2019 1:14 am : link
Bellerose Village station are literally going to be about 500 feet apart.
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Metnut : 7/9/2019 9:10 am : link
In comment 14494922 MOOPS said:
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Bellerose Village station are literally going to be about 500 feet apart.


So what?

The Bellerose station isn't practicable to use for access to the arena. It's not easy to walk to the Belmont site from that station, and any pedestrian path would put thousands of people walking through residential neighborhoods, a complete non-starter.

The new station is necessary.
Check out this visual representation of the full Belmont timeline  
Mike in Long Beach : 7/9/2019 9:57 am : link
We've arrived at the 2nd arrow from the right. The last one, I believe, is that elusive shovel in the ground. For a little more context, the 3rd arrow from the left was on March 22, 2018.

Almost there!

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