Long Island Rail Road riders between Brooklyn and Queens may soon see a fare cut, courtesy of the MTA.
The pilot program, known as the Atlantic Ticket, applies to people traveling from Atlantic Terminal to nine mostly-overlooked Long Island Rail Road stations in the city.
The discount will impact those who travel from Brooklyn to stations in Queens Village, Hollis, St. Albans, Rosedale, Laurelton, Locust Manor, Jamaica, East New York, and Nostrand Avenue.
A peak, one-way ticket between those nine stations and the terminal will cost $5, down from $10.25.
A seven-day combined railroad and subway pass will cost just $60, down from $104.25.
The program was greenlighted by the MTA Finance Committee and could get underway next month.
"If you're going to downtown Brooklyn, Lower Manhattan or even other parts of Manhattan, you could conceivably save up to an hour to an hour and a half travel each way," said Andrew Albert of the Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to the MTA.
"It has been ready for these passengers to get on board, and pricing it at a point where people in those communities can get on board is terrific," said Ellyn Shannon of the Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to the MTA.
An MTA advisory group proposed the discounted fares more than a decade ago as a way to generate revenue and help residents living near LIRR stations that are not frequently used.
Once the pilot program wraps up on the Long Island Rail Road, advocates are hopeful it will be expanded to the MTA's other commuter railroad, Metro-North.