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MTA Long Island Rail Road's (LIRR) $5.6 billion transformation initiative is now underway, railroad officials announced last week. The initiative calls for 100 capital projects, including the addition of a third track along a 9.8-mile stretch of the Main Line between Floral Park and Hicksville, New York. The initiative also will cover the costs of renovating 39 LIRR stations, according to a press release issued by the railroad. In addition, the program will fund construction of a $128 million Mid-Suffolk Storage Yard in Ronkonkoma, New York, which will provide space for rail-car maintenance, inspections and servicing for the electric fleet.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled the $5.6 billion program in July."With the complete transformation of the Long Island Railroad, New York is recapturing the bold ambition that made our infrastructure the envy of the nation and building for the future," Cuomo said. "From the previously unthinkable third track and second track projects to state-of-the-art technology and signal upgrades, we are daring to imagine better and delivering for the people of New York once again."
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