North Fork commuters demand more rail service

GREENPORT - North Fork commuters and elected officials are calling on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to increase service on the Long Island Rail Road.

The MTA has slashed North Fork rail service to help close a $400 million deficit, reducing the number of trains running during the workweek and eliminating weekend service.

Business owners and residents say there are only three trains a day coming into Greenport from Monday to Friday, and there is weekend service only during the summer, making it difficult to attract tourists during the rest of the year.

Suffolk Legislator Ed Romaine (R-Center Moriches) says East End residents are paying hundreds of dollars a year in MTA payroll tax, but are getting nothing in return.

North Fork's elected leaders say if the MTA doesn't improve service, they will go ahead with a study to build an independent light rail system.

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