WOODBURY - So how have Long Islanders dealt with railroad strikes before?

LIRR commuters, like John Lentini, of Hicksville, remember what it was like 20 years ago when their ride to work was derailed by a strike.

The last strike was in mid-June of 1994 on a Friday when 100,000 commuters were thrown into chaos as they scrambled to find another way to work.

Sharon Rogun, of Plainview, told News 12 the traffic on the Long Island Expressway was horrendous. 

This time if the strike happens, LIRR riders will be forced to deal with a commuter nightmare that will include limited bus service, crammed subways and stand still traffic jams. 

Those who have been through it are urging others to get up really early, check out every option and always have a plan B.