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Suozzi, Crowley, Maloney Call on Amtrak to Devote Necessary Resources to Get East Side Access Moving

"New York City residents are too often plagued by delays and interruptions when commuting to and from work each day."

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Congressman Tom Suozzi (D – Long Island, Queens).

Photo by: Chris Boyle

Long Island, NY - May 15, 2018 - Congressman Tom Suozzi (D-L.I./Queens) has sent a letter to CEO Mr. Richard H. Anderson asking for Amtrak to prioritize and fast-track the crucial East Side Access Project. Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan) joined Mr. Suozzi to stress the urgent need for expanded transportation options in Long Island and Queens.
Congressmembers Suozzi, Crowley, and Maloney issued the following statement on the effort:
“New York City residents are too often plagued by delays and interruptions when commuting to and from work each day. Nowhere is this problem more prevalent than in those boroughs underserved by our existing transit systems. Fast-tracking the East Side Access project, which will connect the Long Island Rail Road to Grand Central Terminal and provide more frequent and reliable service, is a critical step forward to improve transportation access for the Long Island, Queens, and Bronx communities.”
“Progress has been made and we’re glad to see that the MTA and the LIRR have re-committed to the 2022 deadline. New Yorkers need similar assurances from Amtrak that they will provide the track workers and electricians needed for this project to proceed.  There is an urgent need for 15-20 additional Amtrak employees above the existing work force assigned to Harold Interlocking at Sunnyside Yards on a daily basis.  There is also a special need to focus on additional Electric Traction Linemen.  The East Side Access project is a priority for our communities and must be a priority for Amtrak.”