September 25, 2018


Last Thursday, LICA Director Marc Herbst appeared at the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council’s (NYMTC) Program, Finance & Administration Committee (PFAC) to once again seek help to secure funding to continue the reconstruction of Route 347, which came to a halt back in December 2017.

NYMTC is the metropolitan planning organization for New York City, Long Island and the lower Hudson Valley.  It is a federally mandated planning forum to allow the ten counties it represents to coordinate the use of federal transportation funds. Nassau County Executive Laura Curran serves as co-chair of NYMTC and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone is also a voting member.

Speaking on behalf of the coalition of 18 business organizations who support the initiative, Herbst asked NYMTC to accelerate funding for the completion of the next phase of Route 347 (from Hallock Road to Gibbs Pond Road) in its Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP). Herbst acknowledged the fiscal constraints of the TIP but noted that the TIP is routinely amended by the NYMTC each year to address changing needs and priorities, and stressed the importance of the 347 project for our area.

Herbst concluded his remarks by urging the TCC (Transportation Coordinating Council) of Nassau and Suffolk to work with NYMTC in identifying potential available funds for this project and to file the necessary applications. To read Herbst’s remarks in their entirety, click here.

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