Cars Outnumber LIRR Passengers;
Condition Will Worsen: Nickerson
Five times as many people are
crossing each day into New York
and back by car than on the Long
Island railroad and the situation
will worsen unless action is
taken, Nassau County Executive
Eugene H. Nickerson said this
" The increasing saturation of
automobiles on our roads reflects
the public despair of ever
getting major improvements
made by the Long Island railroad,"
The County Executive, who also
heads the transportation committee
of the Metropolitan Regional
Council, called upon MCTA
. hairman William Ronan " toquit
talking about changes and make
some tangible, visible improvements."
Nickerson cited a study made
by the division of traffic engineering
of the Nassau Department
of Public Works to show that
978,000 highway users cross the
Nassau line into New York and
back as compared with 205,000
passengers on an average day for
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the entire Long Island railroad.
On the Long Island expressway,
traffic volume has increased
by 5,000 cars per day in 1966,
or 145,000 vehicles, as against
140,000 in 1965. " Frustrated
suburbanites are using a saturated
expressway only out of sheer
desperation," Nickerson said.
" We need more construction and
less conversation from the Long
The Nassau official reiterated
charges made earlier that Ronan
had taken no action on Nassau
recommendations to build park-and
ride centers to lure motorists
away from the highways.
In a letter to Ronan, Nickerson
enclosed a copy of a map showing
increasing automobile use of
highways in Nassau County. The
maps show the number of vehicles
using each road on an average
24 hour day based on traffic
counts taken on both weekdays and
weekends at various times of
the year during 1966.
Heavily travelled roads are:
Southern State Parkway with approximately
Parkway with approximately
53,000; Sunrise Highway
with 38,000; Old Country Rd.
at Roosevelt Field with 35,000;
Peninsula Blvd. with 31,000.
Each day 582,149 vehicles
crossthe; Nassau- Queensline and
316,120 cross the Nassau- Suffolk
line on major roads alone.
The Division of Traffic Engineering
of the Nassau Department of
Public Works, which compiled
the counts, estimates that another
20% crossed on non- major roads.
With an average of 1.4 persons
per vehicle, a total of 978,000
highway users cross the Nassau
line and 531,000 cross the Suffolk
line on the average day.
" On an average day the number
of highway users crossing the
City line is almost five times
205,000 passengers carried an
an average day for the entire L. I.
R. R.," Nickerson commented.
Nickerson emphasized that the
maps were not road maps as such
and that their primary value
would be to business and government
rather than to individuals.
A copy of the map may be obtained
by writingto Paul L. Streb,
Director of Traffic Engineering,
County Executive Building, Min-eola,
or by going in person to
Room 112 of the County Executive
Building, Mineola. Telephone
requests will not be accepted.
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Nassau's Police Commissioner
Francis B. Looney announced
more flan 2,100 people
visited me county police traffic
safety trailer daring IJhe first
three weeks it has been fanning
shopping centers, schools and industrial
areas in the county.
The trailer is equipped with
five instruments designed to
measure vision and reaction time
under simulated driving conditions.
Though the visitor i s invited
to take all the tests, most of
them only take one or two. Ho
record is kept of the identify
of persons taking the tests.
Visitors aire ahmgiveni
lets and leaflets advising of
safe piuccdtes la the home
and on fine ingjuway, m auuiuon
ine oppoiuuuny 01 cueonng
their vision and reaction speed.
The safety trailer win stop on
Tuesday, October 10 at Confclm
and Mam Sheet, Farmingdale
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the same location.
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Student Art Society Slates
Outdoor Show And Sale
The Student Art Society wfll
hold an Outdoor Show and Sale
on the grounds of Beau Sejonr,
Bethpage, this Sunday afternoon,
October 1, beginning at 1 pjn.
More than 100 paintings by 30
Long Island artists will be on
view. There also will be a Kiddie
Corner for artists 32 years
of age and under. A portion of the
proceeds will go to the Senior
Citizens Club of Farmingdale.
Mrs. Mildred E. Landau of
Massapequa, a housewife and
mother of three, president of the
Senior Citizens Club of Farm-ingdale
and teacher of art in
ihe Farmingdale Adult Education
system, is president of the Society.
Otheroffieers include Mrs.
Emma Davy of South Farming-dale;
vice - president, an art
teacher and Jerome Berger of
Farmingdale, treasurer, a - New
York City business man.
The newly organized Art Society
had a normal and interesting
beginning just last June
and already numbers more
40 Long Island housewives
business men and women
paint as an avocation Some prospective
artists had a desire to
paint, others a curiosity and still
others a- void to be filled. All
had equal potential
Many members started pahut-iag
to am sue their interest in
art through the channel of Adult
Education courses, cithers privately.
Their panning scope is
varied from traditional realistic
art, inmressionism, espies -
siorrism to a more svant guard
approach. Not only are their
styles highly indavkfaattied but
a3so their every day occupations.
Bertudine Kmhumki of Farm-i
s a nurse at Grumro—
' 5; Paul Kfter, a Fuel Co.
owner of Bockvule Centre; Bea
Kramer of Massapeqna, afaonse-wife
and owner of Bea's Bakery
at Farmer's Market; Margaret
Plait of ftantegh, a 2nd
of Pratt institute, to men-tionafew
One thing i s sure, all members
enjoy painting and are productive
and highly accredited students
of art, Mrs. Landau states.
la auumdjnu* with the SAS constitution,
all have evinced interest
in enriching their art experience
and are delighted with
the group's growth.
Members meet the second
Tuesday evening of the month
at the home of members when a
denwaiMLi Maud lecture is given.
George Gaeh of Rostyn, world
reknowned sculptor, was the
guest artist this month.
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