Town of Huntington, NY - News Details

4/16/2018 - Lupinacci, Romaine, Wehrheim Urge State Lawmakers to Electrify LIRR from Huntington Station to Port Jefferson Station


In a letter to NYS Legislature’s Long Island Delegation dated April 4, 2018, Huntington Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci joined with Brookhaven Supervisor Edward P. Romaine and Smithtown Supervisor Ed Wehrheim to express their full support for New York State to invest in a feasibility study on the potential electrification of the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) service line from Huntington Station to Port Jefferson Station.


The Supervisors’ letter notes the impacts of electrifying the rail line on the Town of Huntington:


“In Huntington, the hamlets of Greenlawn, Northport, Centerport, as well as Fort Salonga and Commack would all benefit from the additional transportation options that an electrified rail would provide in addition to the economic benefits to local businesses.”


Despite having the most ridership of any line in the LIRR service territory, the tracks east of Huntington Station are not electrified and diesel trains run from Huntington Station to Port Jefferson Station.


“In addition to the boon to our local economy, the switch from diesel trains to electrified rails would be a significant improvement for our local environment and air quality,” said Supervisor Lupinacci.


In the letter, the Supervisors declared their joint efforts to help secure the funding to electrify the LIRR rail line east of Huntington Station, citing the support of business and civic leaders from the North Shore Business Alliance.