Carpooling options available if LIRR strike happens
WOODBURY - If a Long Island Rail Road strike happens, Long Island roads will be packed.
To help try to alleviate some congestion, the MTA has designated parking lots across the area and Queens for commuters to meet and carpool together.
Officials say in Nassau County spaces will be available at Bethpage State Park, Hempstead Lake State Park and Valley Stream State Park.
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In Suffolk they will be available at Belmont Lake State Park, Farmingdale State College, Heckscher State Park and Sunken Meadow.
Commuters can also park at many train stations across the area to carpool or head to Citifield and hop on the number 7 subway or Aqueduct Racetrack to get on the A train.
But what if you get to one of the parking lots and it's full? The MTA says the areas will be monitored. And if a lot is at capacity, the information can be sent to your cell phone.
The MTA is also encouraging commuters to create a free profile on the 511-NY Rideshare website. It will connect travelers with potential carpool partners.