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LIRR Strike Preparations

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and a coalition of eight unions representing approximately 5,000 LIRR employees have been negotiating a new labor agreement. Should a full strike occur, there will be no Long Island Rail Road service.

The LIRR provides 300,000 trips every weekday. Should an agreement not be reached by July 19th, the MTA has developed a multi-faceted contingency plan to serve LIRR's riders where possible. However, the MTA will not be able to provide enough alternate capacity to serve all of the people who ride the LIRR.

Travel Alternatives

  • MTA has arranged shuttle bus services from designated lots on Long Island to subway stations in Queens, but the number of buses will be extremely limited.  Operation will be during the AM and PM rush hours only and will accommodate only a small fraction of regular weekday peak-hour customers.  This shuttle bus service should be considered only as a last resort. 
  • MTA has also arranged for park and ride lots to be available for carpooling.  Please visit to sign up and connect with others looking to carpool.
  • Those that can telecommute should do so, and the MTA encourages employers to provide this as an option to their employees who live on Long Island. (Click here for a letter a letter from MTA Chairman Prendergast about telecommuting.)

For complete information about the ongoing negotiations and possible strike, click here.

(Image via Riyad Hasan)


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