Commuters are fighting back against proposed service changes that could apply to the Long Island Railroad.
According to LIRR, a second public meeting was held on Thursday on the proposal that the Port Washington branch would have direct access to the east side of Manhattan, with 70% more service in the morning and 43% more in the evening.
Critics say these figures reflect pre-pandemic service levels.
North Shore commuters are also upset that the proposal will take away access to express trains.
Eric Dejong says the Metropolitan Transit Authority needs to be more transparent about what the proposal actually means.
“The MTA needs to restore these express trains immediately, stop providing misleading best data in new statements, and work with North Hempstead to provide more compression.” says Dejong.
There will be more rush hour trains at the Port Washington branch, but they will be split between two Manhattan terminals.
Currently, 14 Port Washington trains leave Penn Station in the evening. That number he cuts to ten, and ten more go outside Grand Central Station.
Laurie Scheinman says this could make people ride longer and prevent young families from using the railroad.
“These new young families – mine and others – I’m worried about in the heart of Port Washington tomorrow,” Scheinman said. I am very concerned that it will not work.”
An environmental group has decided that the MTA will cut traffic by offering train service to more people who don’t use trains, such as those in Queens who have alternatives to buses. I am grateful for that.
Before Thursday’s public commentary began, LIRR interim president Catherine Rinaldi issued a statement regarding those concerned about the implications of the proposal.
Part of her statement included, “While there are physical limitations based on LIRR’s infrastructure, we will continue to reach out to local governments for infrastructure needs that will benefit LIRR’s customers by adjusting schedules where possible.” It is written.
If passed, the proposal is likely to come into effect in December.