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LIRR to launch South Fork train-shuttle service next month


MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) late last week announced plans to launch the South Fork Commuter Connection on March 4.

A system of trains interconnecting with shuttle services, the connection will provide a new commuting option on the South Fork peninsula, alleviate roadway congestion and stimulate the local economy, LIRR officials said in a press release.

On March 4, the railroad will add six daily trains east of Speonk, New York, including three one-way trips in the mornings and three in the afternoon. Select trains will connect with shuttles at East Hampton, Bridgehampton, Southampton, Amagansett and Montauk on Long Island to transport riders to and from selected employment centers and workplaces.

LIRR will charge a one-way fare of $4.25 covering the trains and shuttles. The trains will not connect with trains traveling to or from New York City, "which makes them unique in [our] network," LIRR officials said.

The new connection is the culmination of months of discussions between South Fork elected officials, community leaders and LIRR managers.

"To anyone who's ever been stuck in traffic on the South Fork I say, give the train a try and see if it can solve your travel needs," said LIRR President Phil Eng. "The connecting shuttles will greatly extend the reach of this service, bringing you one step closer to door-to-door service."

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