McConnell could have easily challenged
developers’ plans to build a truck/rail terminal
in her community when the idea was first pitched
years ago. Instead, McConnell did her homework.
She listened to facts rather than hysteria, and
decided her group should give its blessing to
the now-operating Brookhaven Rail Terminal.
The project, a
joint venture among Landbridge Intermodal, D.A.
Collins Cos., Pratt Bros. Construction, Watral
Bros. and US Rail, has already created 25 jobs
and will take at least 40,000 trucks off the
Long Island Expressway in its first year in
terminal is expected to be a significant step in
lowering the cost of shipping goods to and from
Long Island; reducing long-haul truck traffic;
creating an enhanced short-haul trucking
industry with smaller, more efficient trucks;
increasing local jobs; and reducing emissions
and reliance on foreign oil supplies.
example of rational thought, McConnell did
something many civic leaders wouldn’t dream of.