Friday, September 10, 2010

U S Rail to build three-mile Long Island line

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In a decision released Friday, the Surface Transportation Board authorized U S Rail Corp. to build and operate a three-mile line in Brookhaven, Suffolk County, N.Y., that will connect with the Long Island Rail Road, over which the New York & Atlantic provides freight service. The agency said the approval is subject to environmental mitigationconditions.

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STB said the purpose of the construction is to enable U S Rail to serve the Brookhaven Rail terminal as a common carrier and to deliver up to 500,000 tons of aggregate annually from sources in upstate New York to Sills Road Realty, the owner of the underlying property, and its affiliates and related companies on Long Island.

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U S Rail also will install a rail switch, crushed stone aggregate handling and storage facilities, an intermodal freight storage area, and a transload area with truck scales.

The regulatory agency said the new line will reduce truck traffic in the New York metropolitan area.