NY governor proposes study on CT to LI tunnel

The billion-dollar plan includes adding a third LIRR track in Nassau County.

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NORWALK - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo spoke to Long Island business leaders Tuesday about the possibility of building a tunnel under the Long Island Sound.

The governor says he wants to spend $5 million to study the feasibility of a tunnel under the Sound to either the Bronx, Westchester or Connecticut.      

The idea of building a bridge across the Sound was first proposed in 1938. The United States Senate discussed the construction of an 18-mile bridge that would cross from Orient Point to either Connecticut or Rhode Island.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the idea could help ease congestion on the island and make it easier for commuters who want to avoid traffic in the city.

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