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Cuomo Orders LIRR Cuts Restored

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has told the MTA to restore service cuts that were made Monday to the Long Island Railroad.

This comes after commuter complaints of unsafe overcrowding on the trains, and pressure from local, state and federal elected officials.

“I understand the financial constraints. I understand there's a reduced ridership,” Cuomo said during a conference call. “But it's smarter to have fewer people on a train during this period, even if it's not cost-effective.”

The new schedule reduced weekday service to approximately 75% of pre-pandemic levels. The LIRR had increased service to 90% of pre-pandemic levels.

The restored schedule goes into effect on March 29. Until then, the railroad will add additional cars to each train.