An RPA study released in 2013 found that East Side Access, the LIRR’s connection to Grand Central Terminal slated to open in 2019, will drive up home values by an average of $7,300 for nearly 600,000 households in Queens, Nassau and Suffolk counties. The report advanced findings from earlier RPA research showing the strong link between improved commuter rail service and home values.
RPA works with communities throughout Long Island to find solutions to challenges in land use planning, economic growth, transportation and environmental conservation.
Our recent work has looked at how Long Island’s enormous economic potential has been hamstrung by a shortage of affordable housing, limited downtown development and gaps in science education. RPA research also has highlighted the potential for the Long Island Rail Road to play a transformative role in the local economy.