Something was missing from recent news releases from Governor Andrew Cuomo concerning the Islanders Arena at Belmont. Will the cost of LIRR tickets at the new station be priced at Zone 3 or the more expensive Zone 4?
Will thousands of nearby Queens residents who might use this new LIRR station be offered any weekday Atlantic Pilot or weekend City Zone discount tickets?
Many Queens elected officials lobbied for a park-and-ride lot that would be served by express buses. There is no mention of this.
Will this new LIRR station also include a bus terminal to accommodate riders on NICE, NYC Transit, MTA and private buses?
There are thousands of reverse-commuters who travel from either Flushing or Jamaica to jobs or schools in Nassau County. Using a Metrocard with a free transfer from the subway to a NICE Bus, the trip only costs $2.75. They ride the bus rather than more expensive LIRR.
How is Empire State Development Corporation planning for establishment of these future services? Taxpayers, commuters and elected officials deserve answers to these questions.