MTA Outlines LIRR Summer Service Disruption Discount

Commuters wait for LIRR trains during rush hour

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo urged transit officials on Monday to discount fares for some Long Island commuters because of disruptions planned during Amtrak's summer fix program at Pennsylvania Station, the busiest USA train hub.Amtrak's push to fix Penn Station's infrastructure from July 10 through September 1 will take three key tracks out of service and disrupt commutes across the region.

LIRR will offer, on average, a 25 percent fare reduction for all passengers traveling to Hunterspoint Avenue and Atlantic Terminal.

Andrew Cuomo wants the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to give Long Island commuters a break. Charles Schumer, celebrated the opening of the west end concourse of the Penn-Farley Complex at a crowded ceremony along the new wing, at the site of the former James A Farley Post Office building.

Starting Tuesday, the discounted monthly tickets will be available via ticket windows, ticket vending machines and through the Mail & Ride program. Governor Cuomo also called on the MTA to explore potential discounts for subway riders on diverted trains. "The Farley Building's Moynihan Train Hall is two decades in the making, and we are proud that this project is finally a reality".

This summer, Amtrak will close some tracks at Penn to make emergency repairs on tracks and switches. According to the governor's office, major construction work on the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, the Queens-Midtown Tunnel, the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge (a.k.a. the Triborough Bridge) and the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel (a.k.a. the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel) is now slated to be completed by July 8. "The state-of-the-art-infrastructure, technology upgrades, and wayfinding improvements of the expanded West End concourse will provide immediate relief for passengers enduring increasing congestion and overcrowding in Penn Station and help New Yorkers get to where they need to go better and faster", Cuomo said. The work is largely expected to take place during the business week, at all hours.

With Amtrak projecting six weeks or more of limited service and other disruptions, some quarters are already predicting the "summer of hell" for LIRR commuters.

The project will be funded with $550 million from the state; $420 million from Amtrak, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the Port Authority of NY and New Jersey and federal grants; and $630 million from the joint venture developers.

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