MTA restores express train service on LIRR due to complaints from North Shore residents

The MTA is restoring express train service on the Long Island Rail Road following an outcry from commuters.

News 12 Staff

Sep 28, 2022, 9:49 PM

Updated 655 days ago

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The MTA is restoring express train service on the Long Island Rail Road following an outcry from commuters.
The movement in Nassau County to "Save Our Express Trains" has now worked.
"We heard loud and clear how important this was to the community out here in Port Washington," says interim MTA President Catherine Rinaldi. "Express service to Penn was the No. 1 takeaway from our public hearings."
The MTA announced three new morning and three new evening rush hour express trains into Penn Stations for commuters on the North Shore.
As News 12 has reported, thousands of people submitted public comment, attended public hearings and pleaded with the public transit agency and their elected officials after the MTA said it was eliminating express train service to Penn Station for North Shore residents.
"We've been begging, 'Please don't want until December to, you know, surprise us with the new schedule,' says North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jennifer DeSena. "We proposed some change, and we asked for some change."
The MTA says it reversed course because commuters made it clear that canceling the service would make life harder for them.
The restored service will improve trip times by up to nine minutes for riders from Port Washington, Plandome, Manhasset and Great Neck, according to the MTA.
The MTA says express trains will return when Grand Central - Madison service starts, which is scheduled before the end of the year.


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