LI straphangers prepare for the worst as they face TWU strike
Long Island commuters are mapping out plans to get around NYC if the Transport Workers Union (TWU) calls a strike at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday.
Long Island officials and the LIRR have plans for seven new park-and-ride stations where commuters could form carpools instead of individually driving into the city. Cars traveling into Manhattan south of 96th Street between the hours of 5 a.m and 11 a.m. would have to have four people inside. Livery drivers could also pick up stranded travelers, but the United Drivers Group of America, which represents livery drivers, stressed Monday it would not be responsible for picking up the slack. Some businesses plan to bus employees around the city to conduct business as usual.
The MTA and TWU continued talks Monday, but the major sticking points remain wage increases and a plan to raise the retirement age. So far, a partial strike of two private bus lines is already affecting 50,000 commuters in Queens. City economists predict a full strike would be financially crippling for the city.
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