- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 13, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) - The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board has approved a roughly $2 billion project to design and construct a section of a third track to one branch of the Long Island Rail Road in Nassau County.

Wednesday’s vote culminates a decades-long effort to overcome funding obstacles and community opposition.

Work will begin immediately to build a 9.8-mile third track corridor between Floral Park and Hicksville. Currently, one track runs eastward and one goes west.

Supporters of the project say it will allow more trains to run in both directions between New York City and Long Island, which means faster commutes, fewer delays and less crowding.

The overall project is expected to be completed by late 2022.

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