Curran blasts LIRR, says it was ‘absolutely not the time’ for service cuts

MTA and LIRR officials say they are adding additional trains and lengthening trains to meet ridership levels and that they will restore the previous timetable on March 29.

News 12 Staff

Mar 12, 2021, 11:54 AM

Updated 1,229 days ago

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Long Islanders say three weeks is too long to wait to for the Long Island Rail Road to resume its old schedule.
The LIRR cut service earlier this month because ridership had dropped during the pandemic. Since the changes took place, riders shared photos online that led to a change of course for the railroad.
MTA and LIRR officials say they are adding additional trains and lengthening trains to meet ridership levels and that they will restore the previous timetable on March 29.
Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said Thursday that that’s not enough.
“At a time when confidence is slowly starting to build...now was absolutely not the time to do service cuts on the Long Island Rail Road,” she said.
An MTA spokesperson told News 12 that commuters are their No. 1 priority and that they have added nine additional trains to address the morning and evening rush hours, extended routes and lengthened trains. The spokesperson added that as a result, there has been a dramatic and sustained decrease in crowding incidents with overall ridership remaining at 25% of capacity.


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