MIDTOWN MANHATTAN, NY — Long Island Railroad passengers affected by train diversions during the upcoming “Summer of Hell” may be able to take advantage of reduced fares.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo — who, whether he likes it or not, is responsible for the MTA — called for reduced fares on trains being diverted from Penn Station to Atlantic Terminal or Hunterspoint due to obstructive track work at the Midtown transit hub.
“LIRR riders unable to go into Penn Station this summer because of Amtrak’s emergency repair work deserve a discounted fare for enduring the inconvenience of a disrupted commute,” Cuomo said Monday while celebrating the opening of Penn Station’s West Concourse.
Cuomo also urged the MTA to look into reducing fares for New York City subway riders affected by the construction work at Penn Station.
The MTA agreed with Cuomo’s call for summer discounts for LIRR riders that won’t be going to their preferred destination.
“Governor Cuomo is right that due to Amtrak’s repairs some customers are paying for a service they won’t be getting this summer – and that they deserve a fare decrease. We intend to follow the Governor’s lead and make sure our riders are fairly compensated,” MTA Interim Executive Director Ronnie Hakim told Patch in a statement.
Neither Cuomo nor the MTA gave any indication Monday of how much fares on diverted trains would be discounted. The reduced fares may represent a small glimmer of hope for LIRR commuters who are in for a frustrating summer.
Last week, the MTA revealed its four-part plan to aid Long Island Rail Road commuters this summer as Amtrak conducts construction work at Penn Station.
The MTA plans to:
- Increase rush hour capacity by modifying train schedules and lengthening trains
- Launch bus and ferry services as alternative options for commuting into Manhattan
- Reduce congestion on roadways into Manhattan
- Launch a “robust public awareness campaign.”
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