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Long Island Rail Road to invest in additional service


MTA Long Island Rail Road  (LIRR) plans to begin phasing in a series of service improvements beginning in November, agency officials announced yesterday.

LIRR will provide increased off-peak service on the Ronkonkoma branch; add rush-hour trains on the Montauk, Long Beach and Port Jefferson branches; extend late-evening train service for Atlantic Terminal; and add evening diesel scoot service on the Montauk Branch.

While initial service additions are slated for November, most of it will be implemented in March 2013, LIRR officials said in a prepared statement.

“We’ve seen ridership increases for the last 10 months in a row on the LIRR and we are responding to this customer demand by investing in areas where we are seeing growth,” said LIRR President Helena Williams. “We are also planning for anticipated demand in a new market opportunity with the opening of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.”

Some of the actions restore service that was curtailed during the budget crisis of 2010, when the Metropolitan Transportation Authority cut $93 million in operating funds to maintain a balanced budget. Other parts of the plan will enhance service in areas where there is increased rider demand, officials said.

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