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West Hempstead Weekend Train Service in Jeopardy

The MTA payroll tax might not even be enough to save the MTA from making further reductions in service. One of the cuts that can be implemented is weekend service to and from the West Hempstead train station by the Long Island Rail Road.


According to the MTA, the proposed budget for 2010 has to address a $383 million gap. Earlier this year, with the MTA in need of funds for its budget, increased fares. In addition, Democratic members of the New York State Legislature also passed a payroll tax of 0.34 percent of every employer’s payroll.

Service reductions including those to and from the West Hempstead LIRR station had been proposed earlier this year, but a state bailout, which included the payroll tax, saved the service cuts.

However, with the MTA facing another budget gap, the service cuts that were proposed may be implemented. Long Island Bus may also suffer cuts.