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Rail News: Passenger Rail
LIRR pilot program slashes Brooklyn-Queens fares
MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) has rolled out a program that will temporarily provide discounted fares for riders traveling between Brooklyn and seven stations in Queens, New York.
The price of a one-way ticket between Brooklyn and the selected stations will be $5. That compares to the railroad's current peak fare of $10.25 and its off-peak fare of $7.50.
The so-called "Atlantic Ticket" program is part of a months-long study to measure the impact of reduced fares on LIRR ridership and on MTA New York City Transit's subways and buses. The study is expected to continue for six to 12 months, LIRR officials said in a press release.
"This one-way fare is intended to attract customers traveling occasionally, or interested in trying out LIRR before purchasing the weekly pass," said MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota.
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