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Discussion of the past and present operations of the Long Island Rail Road.

Moderator: Liquidcamphor

  by Head-end View
Thanks K & K for the realistic analysis. Sounds like I was too optimistic. :(
  by freightguy
Metro North long ago removed "Commuter Rail " from their official title. Part of the the aim was draw more a of weekend and off hours crowd to come to the city. Shed itself of the 9-5 only stigma. As previously stated it will be interesting to see the commuting habits let's just say in the next 1-3 years alone.

I totally agree those mainline infrastructure improvements should of occurred years ago. I wonder how much money would've been saved with 2003(?) proposal for the third track.
  by Commuter X
Luckily, I am still working from home
Almost one year since my last LIRR ride and I do not miss it
I think I may still have my March 2020 monthly ticket somewhere ....

For those folks still riding the railroad on a regular basis and still purchasing a monthly pass, how can they justify significant cuts in service while charging the same price?

The LIRR/MTA needs new leadership so it can evolve in a post-covid world
  by Kelly&Kelly
The LIRR needs no justification for its pricing tariffs. That requirement by the Public Service Commission was moot upon the State's purchase. It's government owned and operated. When Government embarks on socialist ownership of business, the government does not answer to you. It tells you what it is doing.

Since the LIRR operates at massive deficits, the small reduction in service has little effect on costs. Revenue from fares, however has been decimated, so you'll logically be facing increases in fares, not reductions if the deficit is to be stabilized.

LIRR policy is directed entirely by the Office of the Governor. Personnel change below that level is akin to rearranging the furniture.
  by njtmnrrbuff
I am disappointed with many of the schedule changes starting on 3-8-21 particularly along the Main Line, the Babylon Line, and Long Beach Line. Along the Main Line, Westbury, Carle Place, Merillon Ave, and New Hyde Park Stations will be getting hourly service during the rush hour times which isn't acceptable. Stations between Hicksville and Ronkonkoma will be seeing hourly service during the rush hour. Many stations along the Babylon Line will be served once an hour during the peak times. Long Beach Line is hourly basically everyday at all times during much of the day. I really hope that this doesn't lead to overcrowdingness. We are still in a pandemic and ridership is probably starting to return.
  by eolesen
The schedules reflect what many of us have been saying for year now - rush hour may never be back.

Remote work has been largely successful for most businesses, and getting commute time back (not to mention the saved money from train tickets, parking, eating out and dry cleaning) is something a lot of people aren't going to give up without a fight.

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Everyone: After the news reports of crowded trains during this past week it turns out that cutting back weekday
peak hour service back to the equivalent of last year's Essential Service levels proved to be a big mistake by the
LIRR after some service reductions in the January 25 timetable.

With ridership gradually returning to the LIRR service addition need to match the demand where necessary.
The new March 29 schedules are going to be interesting...MACTRAXX