RONKONKOMA - Metropolitan Transit Authority board member Mitch Pally is asking the agency to restore $40 million in service cuts.
Pally is calling for the restorations in response to a large, unexpected increase in MTA revenue. The MTA says the revenue increase came from taxes on large real estate sales, the improved economy and more fare-paying customers.
Pally is pushing to restore a number of Long Island Rail Road cuts made in 2010. The cuts Pally wants to see addressed include the lack of year-round weekend Greenport service, no weekend West Hempstead service and hourly instead of half-hourly Port Washington service. He also wants station cleaning to be performed more frequently.
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MTA spokesman Adam Lisbig will not confirm the restorations will be made, but told News 12 that the agency will take into account changes to its revenue and expenses.