MTA to hold public hearings on service cuts

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced Wednesday it will hold public hearings on its plan to cut LIRR service to the North Fork.

Under the plan, trains would only run between Ronkonkoma and Greenport on summer weekends.

In the meantime, MTA officials have proposed taking two Long Island Bus lines, the N51 and N80, off the chopping block. Several other routes remain at risk though.

The MTA says it is only targeting underperforming bus and train lines for service cuts. MTA Board Member Mitch Paley is calling for studies on those lines.

No dates or locations have been set for the public hearings.

To see interviews with LIRR President Helena Williams and commuters, go to Channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.

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