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The LIRR Needs Federal Funds

We’re beginning to see a gradual uptick in ridership numbers on the LIRR, reaching 92,500 on September 25th – the highest level since March – according to the Partnership for New York City.  But as Newsday notes, we may not see the same number of riders as pre-pandemic or we may see very different commute patterns in the near future. Our chair, Gerry Bringmann, was quoted in the article that appeared on Monday and I’d like to clarify that he did not under any circumstances mean that station improvements and system upgrades be reconsidered. We know that those investments are critical to the future of the Rail Road and to getting riders back on-board.  He did, however, underscore the importance of funding to getting us to our new normal and being able to address what comes next.