Cuomo wants LIRR rider dis­counts for sum­mer of hell

New York Post - - NEWS - Danielle Fur­faro and El­iz­a­beth Ros­ner

Long Is­land Rail Road com­muters dis­rupted by the Penn Sta­tion con­struc­tion this sum­mer would get dis­counted fares un­der a pro­posal backed by Gov. Cuomo and some MTA board mem­bers.

Cuomo said he would ask the MTA board to vote on the dis­count Wed­nes­day. Last week, he also asked the board to vote to with­hold the $50 mil­lion in an­nual rent pay­ments that the MTA makes to Am­trak. He said he wanted the money used for bus and ferry ser­vices to help LIRR rid­ers get to the city while train ser­vice is dis­rupted.

LIRR board Chair­man Mitchell Pally said at an un­re­lated MTA meet­ing Mon­day that he would like to of­fer af­fected rid­ers dis­counts of about 10 per­cent or 15 per­cent — and that the board will ask the fed­eral govern­ment to cover those costs.

NJ Tran­sit has al­ready said it would of­fer dis­counts to its dis­rupted rid­ers.

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