Cuomo Hails Progress on New Long Island Rail Road Line

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -
At the Port Washington branch of the Long Island Railroad, a train covered in snow stands still during the morning rush hour as service is suspended on the Port Washington branch due to the recent snowstorm on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 in Port Washington, N.Y. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)
A train at a station on the Port Washington branch of the Long Island Rail Road, Jan. 25. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

Crews have completed a new track on the Long Island Rail Road between Central Islip and Ronkonkoma — a key step in an effort intended to address delays on the busy rail line.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo reviewed the progress during a visit to Long Island on Monday. The entire new track from Farmingdale to Ronkonkoma is expected to be open in 2018. Cuomo says the new rail line will reduce delays and ease travel in both directions during off-peak times.

He says the work is part of a comprehensive effort to upgrade and improve transportation networks in and around New York City which also involves the replacement of the Tappan Zee Bridge, new subway cars and buses, and reconstruction of area airports.