LIRR 'sane commute' protest held in Rockville Centre

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Frustrated Long Island Rail Road commuters were at the Rockville Centre station Saturday morning, calling for changes so they can experience a "sane commute."

Dozens participated in the rally, hosted by state Sen. Todd Kaminsky.

Kaminsky and other organizers say they're protesting the recent problems at Penn Station which have included derailments, signal problems and disrupted LIRR service.

"People are mad as hell, they don't want to take it anymore and they deserve to be treated a little better than they have been, which right now is as second-class citizens," Kaminsky says. "People are standing in the bathrooms on trains, they're being crammed in like sardines. They're missing work and family meetings. Their lives have been turned upside-down chaotically."

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are calling for a private company to take over Amtrak's operations at Penn Station.

Kaminsky says the MTA should be in charge.

News 12 reached out to Amtrak for a response to Saturday's rally and was redirected to the MTA, which declined to comment.

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