Cuomo wants LIRR rider discounts for summer of hell
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.