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New LIRR Station Planned Near Belmont Park, Some Skeptical

July 09, 2019 - 2:48 pm

ELMONT, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — A new Long Island Rail Road station is part of the new Islanders area project at Belmont Park, but some people are already unhappy with the plan.

Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages notes that the plan is both good and bad; the good being a new station but the bad being possible long-term issues with the location.

She says one of her main concerns is the parking in the area for the station.

“The 150 spots is a very low amount, so we’re gonna push (Gov. Andrew Cuomo) on that number, because I know that I'm a lifelong Long Islander and I know that it's vital to have parking by train station and it fills up quickly,” she said.

The new station will be located between the Queens Village and Bellerose stations on the LIRR’s Main Line. It will provide direct service to Belmont Park from both directions.

Gov. Cuomo says the new line will help commuters and boost business near Belmont Park.

Solages says the project may just be a large inconvenience.

“Are the taxpayers footing the bill? There's a lot of questions that were, you know, analyzing and talking to as a community,” she said. “But, it's always exciting to hear that we might have access to a train station. But, you know how it is right now, it’s not the most ideal situation.”

The station is part of the Belmont Park Redevelopment Project, which includes a new arena, hotel and retail village.