Jamaica (WALK) - Three years after the Long Island Rail Road slashed service to close a budget deficit, many of those cuts are being restored and new service is beign added as well.
That good news for commuters came as the LIRR's parent agency, the MTA, released its 2014-2017 financial plan. The plan includes restoring half-hourly weekend service on the Port Washington line, which was cut in 2010, and adding half-hourly trains on the Ronkonkoma line each weekend.
The other proposed changes include:
- Add a new Ronkonkoma train to Farmingdale (4:09 PM from Penn Station) and a reverse train to Penn Station (7 PM from Farmingdale) on weekdays.
- Restore the 4:37 PM weekday express train from Penn Station to Wantagh.
- Restore the 4:57 PM weekday train from Penn Station to Freeport
- Add a new weekday train to Hicksville (8:22 PM from Penn Station)
- Extend summer season weekend service between Ronkonkoma and Greenport by 10 weeks so that it runs from April to November.
Most of these changes would go into effect this fall. The Wantagh and Freeport train service restorations would go into effect in March of 2014, the MTA says.
The financial plan will be presented to the MTA Board on Wednesday.