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Commuters Appear Unfazed by Talk of LIRR Strike

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While many are wondering if Long Island Rail Road workers will strike or not, some LIRR riders are not even paying attention to news about the talks. NY1's Ruschell Boone filed the following report.

News of a possible strike has been dominating the headlines, but on the street, there seemed to be little talk about it.

"I don't really pay too much mind to it," said one commuter.

Most riders NY1 spoke with at the Jamaica station didn't seem to care.

"Am I concerned about a strike? Not really," said one commuter.

Many just don't believe a strike will happen.

"No, not really," said one commuter.

And if workers do walk off the job?

"I'm getting to work regardless, whether I have to take the car or carpool with somebody," said one commuter. "It is what it is.

NY1 did find a few riders who are worried, though.

"People tell me, 'Don't worry, they'll get a settlement.' We're just hoping that they do," said one commuter.

They're not the only ones. The workers and owners of many Sutphin Boulevard businesses are also concerned.

"We'll lose a lot of customers," said one business owner.

Their loss, though, would be a major gain for the taxi drivers who pick up fares outside the station.

"It would be good for the cabs out here. Cabs would make a lot of money," said one person. "All the dollar cabs and the regular cabs would make some money."

But many hear say, at what cost? Even if they're not watching the negotiations closely, they're still hoping that a strike won't happen.

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