Important Information

Village Hall will be closed Thursday November 26th and Friday November 27th for Thanksgiving. We will reopen on Monday November 30, 2020 at 9:00 am. Have a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving Cedarhurst court will be closed until further notice. This includes all present and future court dates. If you have any questions, please call the court at 516-295-5522.

LIRR Vegetation Management on the Far Rockaway Branch

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From Long Island Rail Road

The MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) strives to be a good neighbor in the communities where our service operates by keeping you informed of track programs. During the next few weeks, LIRR representatives will be working along the right-of-way (ROW) on the Far Rockaway Branch (Valley Stream to Far Rockaway) to identify and remove overgrown trees and vegetation. To protect the safety of both the public and train crews, and to ensure the reliability of train service, the LIRR must manage vegetation on the track ROW. Overgrown trees, shrubs, and bushes oftentimes interfere with safety and train service reliability in a number of ways:

The LIRR uses licensed and insured tree service professionals to carry out this program of trimming and/or removal of trees along our property. This may also include removal of some branches overhanging the right-of-way from trees located on private property. We need to complete this work as soon as possible.

Please note that the LIRR carefully limits vegetation removal to what is required for operational and safety reasons, as well as Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) standards. Our ROW forces must maintain more than 700 miles of track, and we are obligated to remove invasive species, including but not limited to ailanthus, black locust, Norway maple, and bamboo. We estimate that these species account for approximately 2/3 of vegetal growth along our right-of-way.

Being a good neighbor is important to us. We will be working hard to clean up the right-of-way including vegetation and other train debris. If you have any questions or specific concerns regarding your property and the program, please call 718-558-7767. Again, we thank you for your patience as this important track work program progresses.

Ryan Attard Reilly
Government and Community Affairs
MTA Long Island Rail Road