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In Event Of Strike, LIRR Commuters Can Expect Sardine-Like Conditions

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If the subways and buses do in fact shut down, New Yorkers who live outside of Manhattan could get some help from the commuter lines.

NY1’s Gary Anthony Ramsay has more on that part of the story.


Commuters can expect long lines, long waits, and seemingly longer trips on the Long Island Railroad if there is a transit strike.

“On the way home, I expect to stand,” said a commuter.

On the MTA website, LIRR information suggests it could take up to 24 hours to get their backup plans on track. And the hassle has some considering taking a few days off.

“As a matter of fact, this weekend, I’m planning on calling in sick,” said a commuter. “I don’t want to be stuck out here, or taking alternate transportation.”

“I already talked to my boss, and she said, if there’s no train, don’t go [to work],” said another commuter. “It’s just too far. To take a cab is too expensive.”

For those who choose to take their chances, shorter trains will run, although some will skip stops in Queens.

Shuttle trains will be added, but space, including standing room will likely disappear.

“It would be a little bit of an inconvenience,” said a commuter. “But' it's New York; you have to deal with it sometimes."

With the threat of super-crowded conditions in the near future, alternative plans for LIRR include making hotel reservations in Manhattan, and hooking up with friends or strangers for carpool arrangements.

--Gary Anthony Ramsay
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