Question of the Day: LIRR Rates Worth it?

Weigh in on today's topic.

Long Island Rail Road service across Long Island was delayed and canceled last week after the derailment of a New Jersey Transit train near Penn Station. The derailment meant that the LIRR would share tracks 15 and 16 with NJT and Amtrak.

The delays came just one week after the LIRR experienced delays due to multiple lightning strikes on the Main Line and the Babylon/Montauk branches.

The service disruptions have caused many complaints amongst frustrated commuters.

Monday's Question of the Day: How often do you take the LIRR? Is it worth the money for a ticket? How often do you experience delays or service interruptions? Let us know in the comments.

Bill Most August 16, 2011 at 01:38 PM
The LIRR is wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy over priced. For a family of 4 the round trip at peak is almost $90. It is must cheaper to drive in to the city. The service seems to get worse and worse. You would think in 2011 we could have system where the switches don't break down as ofteen as they do.
robsssss@aol.com August 16, 2011 at 01:45 PM
It really is not a question of whether its worth the money - there is no alternative, so we continue to take the abuse. I take the LIRR anywhere from 3 to 5 days per week (both in and out of NYC) - and delays and service interruptions are the rule, not the exception. The prices keep going up, and for that we get less service. LIRR thinks weather is an act of God against which they are helpless - instead of raising 'switches' that always seem to get flooded every time it drizzles or making other improvements to cope with Long Island weather, they throw up their hands and use that great messaging system to tell us about yet another late or cancelled train.
Ed Lewis August 23, 2011 at 02:09 PM
Got announed yesterday. A $745 million dollar federal grant that will speed up NJ service AND more importantly (see last paragraph) ~295 million to separate Amtrak and the LIRR in queens that will eliminate Amrak off of LIRR tracks and this issue. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/northeast-corridor-gets-745-million-for-upgrades-to-tracks-construction-to-ease-congestion/2011/08/22/gIQAWtB4WJ_story.html


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