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MTA Adds Trains, Boosts Safety Measures

 Long Island Rail Road
Frank Franklin II
An LIRR worker wears a protective mask as commuters exit and board a train in April. Beginning this week, the MTA will start to build more trains into its schedule.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will start to increase service, as Long Island and parts of the Hudson Valley enter phase one of reopening.

Railroad officials want to boost service for Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road commuters, while keeping riders safe.

Metro-North will add 18 trains to its current line-up to meet the demand. LIRR is adding 12 trains this week. 

The MTA says its already rigorous cleaning program will pay extra attention to touchpoints, like poles, seats, doors and walls, and they will use antimicrobial products and ultraviolet light to sanitize trains. They will also introduce new safety measures like a reservation system and passenger temperature checks.

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