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Re: LIRR CHARTER: Lower Montauk Branch Passenger Rail Study (Final Report 2018)

Posted by sloth on Tue Feb 13 16:28:06 2018, in response to Re: LIRR CHARTER: Lower Montauk Branch Passenger Rail Study (Final Report 2018), posted by gp38/r42 chris on Mon Feb 12 22:17:21 2018.

Chris-- I found some stuff on the 1980 closings. It would seem that Setauket became something of a local political football, and one can infer that Blue Point and Bayport were closed in similar circumstances.

From Derek Stadler's website, regarding Setauket station:

"In early April-1980, Suffolk County cut off the $5,677 a year it paid for operation and maintenance. Another legislator, John Rosso made the station a campaign issue in 1979 calling the expenditure on the a slab of concrete since the early 1970s ridiculous.[103]

On the other hand, MTA spokesman David Plavin said the State Legislature put a cap on the amount the MTA charged for maintenance so the real costs exceeded what Suffolk paid. Under state law, Suffolk paid $5,140,000 for operation and $2,736,984 for maintenance, and was billed for service county-wide even though the law required a station-by-station breakdown."

After 1980, all station closings in diesel territory were done to avoid conversion to high platforms for lightly used stations. The continued existence of the local stops all the way to 1998 does not make much sense, but I don't know if a satisfactory answer can or will be found.

Perhaps there was some agreement between the MTA and the city that was mutually agreeable. The station at Fresh Pond may have had some use as an employee stop. Or maybe as others have suggested the stations were forgotten about-- the station closing policies seem to have been reactive, only done to avoid future expenditures or too much political egg on the railroad's face.

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