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Your LIRR Commute After Sandy

There have been many challenges in the area since Hurricane Sandy struck last month, but one of the biggest has been fixing our damaged rail system.

A major issue has been the repair of two East River tunnels owned by Amtrak which the Long Island Rail Road uses to get into Manhattan.

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Rep. Steve Israel, D-Huntington, held a press conference in which he said he received assurances from Amtrak that the tunnels would be repaired by Christmas week.

Earlier this week, the LIRR announced that all branches were running on a 'near-normal' schedule.

Jaime Sumersille December 03, 2012 at 08:04 PM
From Sandford Holland via our Facebook page: Horrific. LIRR should be ashamed of themselves for how they have handled the entire situation.
Jaime Sumersille December 03, 2012 at 08:04 PM
From Krista Loughnane via our Facebook page: HORRIBLE!! The LIRR was inefficient before the storm, but this has made it so much worse. As I type this, I'm riding on an overcrowded train on the Babylon line, which is still stopping a few more times before getting to Penn. I know Amtrak is partly to blame due to the tunnels, but the LI Failroad should at least add cars to the existing trains (the one I'm on is actually shorter!!) and run more often. I wish there was something that could be done, but the LIRR knows they have us Long Islanders over a barrel. Our only other option is to drive to nyc, and we know that is not a very viable option.
Ralph A. December 04, 2012 at 02:29 PM
I only need to take the LIRR between either Bellmore or Merrick stations to Rockville Centre where I work. It's a nightmare late every night coming home from Rockville Centre on up to 30 minutes late or all of sudden the train is now cancelled. It's now getting more and more frequent. One day I had to work overnight. Taking an eastbound train , I saw how packed the westbound train was around 8:00am (not sure the exact schedule since I don't take that train). Trains are not made for standing. So I could see how it could be a safety issue. If Albany can investagate LIPA. They should also start investagating the MTA and its' LIRR. Service wasn't all that great before Sandy. The service on the LIRR now is actually getting worse after Sandy.

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