MTA to Belmont: No Baby No!

The MTA's very first doomsday plan service cut is at the starting gate at Belmont.
Belmont Park's spring racing season starts Wednesday, but the Long Island Railroad's special train to shuttle patrons to the races won't be starting with it because of the agency's troubled finances.

The cut is the first of many the MTA plans to make as state lawmakers are deadlocked on a plan to rescue the agency from its $1.2 billion budget gap.

"Hopefully the talks in Albany will work out," Kenneth Cook, the New York Racing Association's head of security, told The New York Post.
Belmont managers said they'll use about $100,000 of the track's own money to provide daily and weekend courtesy shuttles for passengers from the railroad's Queens Village station to accommodate patrons.

The MTA will still run the service for the Belmont Stakes on June 6, according to The Post. The white shuttle buses will run on the other 63 days of the season, from April 29 to July 26.

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