Long Island Rail Road Expansion Project
The Long Island Rail Road Expansion Project from Hicksville to Floral Park became a top priority this year for our team. The first phase of this massive project involved completing the Environmental Impact Statement, which caused immense public concern and was not well received. In an effort to assist with ensuring smooth public involvement efforts, Stokes Creative Group, Inc. (Stokes), joined the Gannett Fleming/AECOM team. From the initial messaging to the project website, Stokes took an active role in bringing the thoughts and visions of the teams involved to fruition, including the JV team, LIRR, MTA and the Governor’s Office.
Stokes assisted with establishing and facilitating a series of public meetings including six public scoping meetings over the course of only two days. The public events were a complete success with more than 1,000 people attending in total, and several hundred provided comments and testimony. Each location had an open house area with dozens of large display boards on easels that explained the project, showed the alternatives and allowed the public to provide comments and input for the scoping process.
Our team is also responsible for maintaining and staffing the ongoing Public Information Center located at the Mineola Train Station. At this small outreach office, Stokes members greet visitors, explain the LIRR Expansion Project and even help commuters find train information when needed.