Those who live and work along the Route 110 corridor may have a solution to their traffic woes soon.
Regular congestion in the corridor recently gained the attention of the Federal Transit Administration, which awarded the Town of Babylon $360,000 in grant money, to study possible improvements to one the busiest roadways on Long Island.
More than 120,000 vehicles pass through the Rt. 110 corridor daily, according to the Department of Transportation. In the town’s proposal to the federal government, the corridor was named the “largest and most important employment corridor on Long Island,” which includes millions of square feet in retail, office and industrial space, an airport and university. The town estimates that 125,000 jobs exist within the area, making up 20 percent of the Suffolk County workforce.
"These grant funds will make sure that bus service in our communities remains reliable and desirable while putting thousands of Americans to work at the same time," Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff said in a release.
The grant money will fund a study to examine a 10-mile stretch of New York State Route 110 between the Long Island Rail Road Station in Amityville and the Walt Whitman Mall in Huntington. The study builds upon a feasibility study completed in 2010 with the Towns of Babylon and Huntington, as part of Suffolk County Executive-elect Steve Bellone’s Connect Long Island plan to develop improvements to the bus transit system, which includes, bus and train alternatives.
“By developing along rail lines and connecting these developments to major job centers, we are opening up new opportunities for people to live and work on Long Island without getting in their cars for everything,” Bellone said about Connect Long Island.
The grant is part of $928.5 million in federal funds granted around the country for public transportation improvement projects.