Long Island Multi-Modal Transportation Solutions

You'll learn about:

  • Actionable strategies to address suburban sprawl by promoting the integration of transportation and land-use planning
  • Recent and ongoing planning initiatives to improve mobility and transit accessibility to and from major activity centers
  • Opportunities and challenges associated with multi-modal transportation planning in one of the nation’s oldest suburbs

Long Island, New York, is at a crossroads. Travel choices are constrained due to development patterns that encourage automobile use and limit the utility of the existing transit system for non-central business district (CBD)-based trips. Traffic congestion continues to increase. Young people are moving off the island (contributing to the brain drain). And job retention and attraction remains a major challenge. Vast potential for transit-oriented development (TOD) around the robust commuter rail network of the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) exists, but improved multi-modal connectivity is needed to unlock this potential.

Changing transportation needs and modal preferences of young adults—coupled with downtown revitalization efforts being undertaken across Long Island—have provided a better opportunity to implement new transit solutions that offer diverse transportation choices, spur economic development, and protect the environment. Representatives from Nassau County, Suffolk County, and the Town of Babylon will discuss planning initiatives that are advancing opportunities to promote a transit-oriented future for Long Island, including the Nassau Hub Study, Connect Long Island, the Long Island Innovation Zone, and the Nicolls Road and Route 110 Alternatives Analyses.