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LIRR Elmont station to be served by Hempstead branch trains at all times

The Elmont Station, as seen in this rendering, will serve the proposed 19,000-seat arena for the New York Islanders at Belmont Park. Photo Credit: Empire State Development Board

It's not often that the nation's oldest commuter railroad adds a new station. In fact, it has been 43 years since it last did so.

And so the Long Island Rail Road's recent announcement of a new full-time "Elmont Station" serving a proposed 19,000-seat arena at Belmont Park understandably has raised questions.

Although many details of the project, and its impact on LIRR riders and nonriders are unclear, much already is known.