Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

LIRR offers discounts to riders using transfer hubs

LIRR offers discounts to riders using transfer hubs

The reduced fares will be in effect from July 10 until the end of Amtrak's work, which is expected to be by September 1.

LIRR will offer, on average, a 25 percent fare reduction for all passengers traveling to Hunterspoint Avenue and Atlantic Terminal. The idea is that Amtrak would then reimburse the MTA for those discounts.

The announcement comes in response to a recommendation from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday that the LIRR discount fares for commuters whose trains will be diverted from Penn Station during what he's dubbed "the Summer of Hell". Per the New York Daily News, Cuomo has asked the MTA to consider those discounts since many commuters will be taking diverted routes-through Brooklyn's Atlantic Terminal and Queens's Jamaica Station-for the duration of the repairs. "Our top priority is ensuring all New Yorkers can get where they need to go as quickly and easily as possible this summer with minimal inconvenience, and this is just another way we can try and relieve frustration".

A rendering of the redeveloped train hall. The new West End concourse increases passenger circulation and streamlines train operations by doubling the length and width of the original concourse, providing new stairways connecting with nine of Penn Station's eleven train platforms, and adding an additional passenger elevator on each platform for comfort and increased ADA accessibility.

Cuomo has already ordered the MTA to speed up fix work on several regional bridges and tunnels in anticipation of additional vehicular traffic during the Amtrak fix project. Last week, Governor Cuomo announced the final agreement on the $1.6 billion redevelopment of the Penn-Farley Complex allowing for major construction to begin after decades of delays. "We believe that this move will mitigate the inconvenience that our customers may experience, and have the added benefit of drawing customers away from Penn Station while Amtrak performs fix work". The work is largely expected to take place during the business week, at all hours.

It's not clear yet exactly which riders will get reduced fares, or by how much said fares will be reduced.

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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