During the last few years, cost estimates increased from $1 billion to $1.5 billion. As the price tag keeps changing, so have the MTA's justifications for it. Initially the agency said this project, which would bisect many residential neighborhoods, would increase freight capacity. Now the MTA says it will complement East Side LIRR access.
One would expect the MTA and its allies to at least be consistent in justifying this project. Finally, I cannot ignore the effect on communities I represent. From Floral Park to Hicksville, residents are deeply concerned about the disruptions that will be caused by the construction and its effect on the suburban character of their neighborhoods.
Craig M. Johnson
Garden City Park
Editor's note: The writer represents the 7th District in the State Senate