MTA Doomsday Cuts: Would Undermine Long Island’s Economic Recovery


Per new analysis, slashing Long Island Rail Road service – as threatened without federal aid – would undermine Long Island’s economic recovery for decades to come, a crisis which could
be averted with bipartisan support from Long Island elected officials, including influential Rep. Lee Zeldin.

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Gerard Bringmann, chair of the Long Island Rail Road Commuter Council (LIRRCC) said, “As Long Islanders, the LIRR plays a critical role in our lives – we ride to work and home with the same people, who often become lifelong friends. We go to school, to the doctor, to the theater and to see our families. Simply put, the LIRR is central to everything we do. Without federal relief, riders face deep service cuts, significant fare hikes and reduced cleaning. We desperately need critical federal aid from Washington to maintain our way of life and ensure our economic recovery. Our message to Congress is loud and clear: Long Islanders rely on the MTA and the MTA is relying on you!” 

Lisa Daglian, Executive Director of the Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to the MTA (PCAC) said, “Millions of daily riders across the metropolitan area rely on the MTA; without it we couldn’t get to work, school or play.  Our transit system is the spine that supports our economy and our way of life. Doomsday predictions of 50% cuts in service and eliminations of stations and lines could become our next normal if Congress doesn’t act to approve emergency funding for the MTA. We are asking that Long Island’s Congressional delegation to use one strong, bipartisan voice on behalf of Long Island Rail Road riders and the entire MTA.“