LIRR Service Cuts Start Today

Monday, May 17, 2010  |  Updated 7:15 AM EDT
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LIRR Service Cuts Start Today

If Sen. Schumer gets his way, some commuters will be able to work as they go.

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Massive service cuts on the Long Island Railroad take effect today.

Peak hour trains have been cut from the Babylon, Long Beach, Oyster Bay, Port Jefferson, and Port Washington lines. Daily service to Belmont Park will be eliminated all together.

The service cuts were approved by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board in an effort to close its $800 million budget gap -- and it has customers scrambling to find different routes home.

One commuter told NBCNewYork that the trains are getting "more crowded.  And they keep cutting service."

Several other service cuts were scheduled to be implemented in September, including the elimination of weekend service to West Hempstead and Greenport and the shift in weekday off-peak service to Port Washington from half-hourly to hourly.

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