MTA

Officials worry time is running out
4:29 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Cuomo urged to stop LIRR strike

LIRR trains idle in the yard during the 1994 strike. Officials are worried another strike could leave 300,000 commuters stranded.
Credit AP Photo/Richard Drew

Worried time is running out, several Long Island State Senators are urging New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to intercede in the stalled contract negotiations between the MTA and Long Island Rail Road workers.

Technically there is no deadline. LIRR workers are legally allowed to strike beginning Sunday, July 20th. However, they previously offered to push that date back to the end of summer where a strike would have more impact. There would be fewer people on vacation, college students would be back on the train, and it's the eve of November's gubernatorial election.

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Union could strike July 20th
6:10 am
Sun June 29, 2014

LIRR commuters prepare for strike

A worker mops the floor in the Long Island Rail Road terminal at New York’s Penn Station, June 17, 1994 in New York. The normally-crowded terminal was clear of morning commuters as the nation’s busiest commuter railroad screeched to halt when workers walked off their jobs at midnight over a pay dispute.
Credit AP Photo/Richard Drew

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Long Island Rail Road workers failed to reach a deal last week over a four-year contract standoff. Union representatives can begin a strike in three weeks which has commuters on edge.   

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Transportation Reinvention Commission
12:00 am
Tue June 24, 2014

MTA calls in commission of experts

In response to deteriorating rail infrastructure, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is calling in experts to help figure out what to do.  The Transportation Reinvention Commission meets for the  the first time on Wednesday.

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Passenger 'fainting' also spikes
6:29 am
Mon May 19, 2014

LIRR injuries up 30%, blamed on winter weather

LIRR workers near Jamaica Station
Credit AP/Mary Altaffer

So far this year injures of workers on the Long Island Rail Road have increased more than 30% while passenger injuries have increased about 20%.

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Growth stymied without more commuter options
4:57 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Third track could bring $68B to LI

Long Island Rail Road employees work at the ticket counter in Penn Station.
Credit AP/Mary Altaffer

A coalition of Long Island business leaders, developers, educators, and commuter advocates announced a report Tuesday that tallied the economic benefits of building a third track on the Long Island Rail Road. But despite what many say is a win for Long Island, a third track is still not on the planning boards.

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