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LIRR strike contingency: your transit options

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MYFOXNY.COM/AP - Shuttle buses, free subway transfers and park-and-ride parking lots are among the contingencies if Long Island Rail Road workers strike later this month, but the alternatives will only serve a fraction of the 300,000 commuters who use the LIRR every day.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority released a map of the shuttle bus service into New York City from Long Island following word from a union representative that talks had fallen apart.

The unions have threatened to strike July 20 if no settlement is reached.

Shuttle buses will help carry some LIRR customers to subway stations in Queens. They also are opening parking lots at Citi Field and Aqueduct racetrack. 

Commuters can catch subways to Manhattan from those lots in Queens.

Officials also are urging employees to telecommute if possible.

The MTA posted the following breakdown of transit options in the event of a strike:

Buses

The MTA has worked with Long Island bus companies to establish a network of 350 buses that will shuttle customers from eight locations in Nassau and Suffolk counties to three major subway stations in Queens. The shuttle bus locations include seven LIRR stations and Nassau Community College.

The MTA expects the buses would be able to carry 15,000 customers – twice as many as the 7,000 people carried by buses during the 1994 LIRR labor outage.

The buses would operate during rush hours only, and only in the peak direction of travel. They will run into New York City between 4-7 a.m. and return to Long Island between 3-7 p.m. Disabled customers will also be able to use Access-A-Ride vehicles available at those locations.

Buses would travel along these routes:

In Suffolk County:

· Buses would pick up passengers at the Ronkonkoma and Deer Park LIRR stations and connect to the 7 subway station at Mets-Willets Point / Citi Field.

In Nassau County:

· Buses would pick up passengers at the Manhasset LIRR station and connect to the 7 subway station at Mets-Willets Point / Citi Field.

· Buses would pick up passengers at the Seaford, Bellmore and Freeport LIRR stations, as well as Nassau Community College, and connect to the A subway station at Howard Beach

· Buses would pick up passengers at the Hicksville LIRR station and connect to the M and R subway station at Woodhaven Boulevard

Ferry

A free ferry service would operate from Glen Cove to East 34th Street in Midtown. The ferry would do three westbound runs in the morning and three eastbound at night. They would be able to carry 1,000 customers and trips would take 40 minutes.

Parking at Glen Cove is very limited. The MTA recommends that passengers carpool or arrange for dropoff and pickup.

Park-and-Ride Lots

Dedicated park-and-ride lots would be established in Queens as well as Nassau and Suffolk counties, to provide more transportation options than were available in 1994. These lots would be monitored by spotters using social media to send real-time alerts about how many spaces are available.

· CitiField, where customers can connect to the 7 subway, has 4,000 available parking spaces

· Aqueduct Racetrack, where customers can connect to the A subway, has 3,000 available parking spaces.

We are also providing 8,400 parking spots in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, where friends and colleagues can meet to carpool together:

Suffolk County:

· Farmingdale State College

· Belmont State Park

· Sunken Meadow State Park

· Heckscher State Park

Nassau County:

· Valley Stream State Park

· Hempstead Lake State Park

· Bethpage State Park

All of these lots will be secured by MTA Police, Port Authority Police, the NYPD, New York State Police and other police agencies.

For Those Who Choose to Drive

There are also more than 100 public and private parking lots available within five blocks of subway stations in Queens and Brooklyn. Links to them are provided on our website.

The MTA is working closely with the State and Nassau and Suffolk counties to ease traffic as much as possible. The High Occupancy Vehicle lane on the Long Island Expressway will be expanded to require three people in a vehicle, not just two.

Nassau and Suffolk County Police will step up their enforcement on major routes to ensure smoother traffic flow. The State Department of Transportation has 50 portable variable message signs ready to guide customers to the carpool and shuttle lots in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Those messages will be updated in real time with travel times and parking lot capacities to give motorists maximum flexibility.

State DOT will also have tow trucks, Highway Emergency Local Patrol trucks and roadway maintenance crews at key locations to keep the roadways clear. All non-emergency construction and highway work will be suspended.

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