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Letter: MTA And LIRR

Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) provision of extra weekend service on Sunday, July 14 to support the Major League Baseball All Star Game festivities was great news for customers. Imagine if the MTA LIRR did the same on a regular basis on Saturdays and Sundays for other Met games, Citi Field events, U.S.

Open, Madison Square Garden activities and Broadway shows on a regular basis. Special super express service which was also provided on the Flushing #7 subway line running between Main Street Flushing to Times Square, Manhattan was also a plus.  his subway line connects with Nassau Inter County Express (NICE) Bus route N20 originating just off the corner of Main Street and Roosevelt Avenue in downtown Flushing, Queens.  The N20 runs to Hicksville including multiple stops along Northern Blvd. and Middle Neck Road also benefits Great Neck and other nearby residents.  Using your Metro Card, you can transfer for free from the bus to the subway for only one fare.  


The potential resumption of even more half-hour weekend service on the Port Washington Long Island Rail Road branch proves once again why it pays to live in Great Neck.

Those of us in the know already moved to communities adjacent to Long Island Rail Road Port Washington branch stations years or even decades ago. The Great Neck, Manhasset, Plandome and Port Washington school districts along with those in neighboring Little Neck, Douglaston, Bayside and Auberndale in Queens are some of the best in the Metropolitan New York area. We have great air quality along with a low crime rate, abundant parks, libraries, shopping, entertainment, movie theaters, hospitals and medical facilities. 


Riders on the Port Washington branch have far more abundant seating and a quick 30-minute or less trip into Penn Station without having to change at Jamaica than LIRR commuters on other branches. Port Washington branch riders miss most service disruptions. The return of half-hour weekend service on the Port Washington LIRR branch for Great Neck and neighboring residents would be a nice gift to offset future planned fare increases in 2015.


Larry Penner