LIRR cuts may lead to more free rides

Thousands of Long Island Rail Road commuters may soon wind up getting more free rides thanks to cutbacks by the cash-strapped Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Recently, the LIRR slashed the number of conductors working on trains and platforms during the week. The United Transportation Union says the railroad is losing money because of it.

"You just can't get 2,000 tickets in 18 minutes," says LIRR conductor Andrew Costello.

However, LIRR officials say they are not losing out on revenue because they are deploying manpower more efficiently.

"We will investigate any allegations that fares are not being collected," says LIRR spokesman Joe Calderone.

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