LIRR to ramp up service as NYC prepares for expected Phase One reopening
The Long Island Rail Road is preparing to increase service as COVID-19 cases across the state continue to decrease.
The LIRR has been drastically reduced due to the pandemic but with New York City expected to begin Phase One of reopening on Monday, the MTA says most trains will soon be getting back up and running.
Service on the LIRR will be back up to 90% on Monday, calculating to about 50 additional trains that are expected to be added to the schedule.
The agency says they have a 13 point action plan for a safe return to public transit. MTA chairman Patrick Foye says there will be intensified disinfecting of trains, contactless fare payments, distribution of face masks to riders who don't have them and floor markings to keep people away from each other.
Starting Sunday, NICE bus service will return to its normal schedule after operating on a reduced timetable since early in April.
The MTA says ticket officer that have been closed will also reopen. They will deploy additional MTA officers, as well as around 85 station ambassadors, to assist riders and help monitor social distancing efforts.
AAA spokesperson Robert Sinclair Jr. says we might see more people on the road this summer instead of the rails due to COVID-19 restrictions.
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