Federal Railroad Administration
A Rail Investment Plan for the Northeast Corridor
Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement
The Incorporated Village of Floral Park is a 1.2 square mile parcel located in the Northwest
corner of Nassau County, N.Y. bordering Queens, N.Y. The Village is home to just over
16,000 residents and small business owners.
At the outset, the NEC Future investment plan (“the Plan”) put forth for the Northeast
Corridor by the Federal Railroad Administration (“FRA”) is commendable in that it will
encompass both passenger and freight systems, as well as, the coordination of the current rail
systems already in operation. The Plan addresses future goals of rail transportation within the
Northeast given the expectations of population and market expansion. The Plan attempts to
quantify the needs of an expanding population and address the movement of freight as well
from a rail perspective. While this is necessary, the Plan provides three options to accomplish
such tasks. One of these options (Alternative 3) places a “two-track second spine”… “Aerial
structure from Floral Park”… “Into a tunnel south adjacent to the LIRR Hempstead Branch.”
The Incorporated Village of Floral Park must vigorously object to the Alternative 3 concept
of the Plan, as it would cause irreparable harm and damage to our Village both physically and
financially. This New York City-Connecticut via Long Island route will cause more harm
than good, not only to the Village of Floral Park, but also to every Long Island community
In the absence of a formal detailed plan and based upon basic information provided in the
Draft EIS, the land needed to erect structures to carry the rail system will require the loss of
property within the Village. That property will be residential homes and commercial
properties as available land to erect the system is non-existent. The loss of real property to
residents and businesses could have a devastating effect on the future of the village, not only
physically, but financially as well.
In the absence of detailed plans, construction operations near the Village’s business district
where Alternative 3 is contemplated will cause major issues resulting in limited access to our
local businesses. At the very least traffic patterns can be disrupted and street access will be
closed. This will have lasting affects on the businesses owners as well as the viability of the
business district. If the aerial structure is to be located along the LIRR Hempstead Branch, it
is doubtful our business district would survive an extended construction period that would
have to accompany a project such as Alternative 3.
In the absence of detailed plans, the location of an aerial structure throughout the heart of the
Village will provide for the elimination of properties, a major decrease in remaining property
values, harm to local businesses, disruption to two (2) public grammar school operations,
disruption of Village operations, traffic congestion throughout the Village and safety concerns
for increased traffic and crime around the structure.
In the absence of detailed plans and for the reasons delineated above, The Incorporated
Village of Floral Park hereby objects to the inclusion of Alternative 3 as a viable option of the
in the Federal Railroad Administration’s NEC Future, A Rail Investment Plan for the
Northeast Corridor, Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement.