Comptroller report: LIRR fares could increase if additional funding not found

Posted: Updated:
LINDENHURST -

A new report from the state comptroller found that fares on the Long Island Rail Road "could increase faster than already planned" if additional funding is not found for "maintaining, modernizing and expanding" the regional mass transit system. 

The LIRR has had fare hikes every other year since 2009. The next one is scheduled for 2019. Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says it could come even sooner.

DiNapoli says the MTA has invested more than $120 billion in capital improvements since 1982, but the pace of the investments has not kept up with the need.

MTA Board member Mitch Pally says he doesn't think riders will see fare hikes anytime soon.

"There are other ways to do this without raising fares," says Pally. 

He says the MTA should consider "congestion pricing."

"It would increase costs for people entering Manhattan by vehicle," says Pally. "It will also significantly change how we operate the bridges."

He also suggested putting tolls on the East River bridges and reducing the price for bridges that have tolls. 

George Banos, of Lindenhurst, told News 12 that he was not happy about the prospect of raising fares on the LIRR. 

"Are you kidding me? The service is terrible. The bathrooms – half of them you can't get in. Nothing but trouble," says Banos. 

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 5 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login, create an account or subscribe to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."