Long Islanders Get Financial Break Thanks to Penn Station Repairs
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Commuting to the city just got harder but easier at the same time for Long Islanders. Penn Station is undergoing an eight-week repair on their tracks, resulting in delays and cancellations for LIRR riders. Due to a decrease in quality of service by the MTA (we didn’t think it was possible either), commuters are receiving a financial break this summer.
A policy that started on July 1st, Long Islanders who avoid Penn Station will see their fares reduced by an average of 25%. By traveling to the Atlantic Terminal, Long Island City, Hunterspoint Ave., Nostrand Ave. or East New York stations, you’ll be eligible for this fare reduction.
For example, a monthly ticket to Atlantic Terminal from Hicksville will cost $227 as opposed to the normal $297. A one-way peak ticket between the same two stations will cost $9.75 as opposed to the normal $13.50. That’s an extra $70 in your pocket this month for going to a station like Atlantic Terminal as opposed to Penn Station.
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While Penn Station houses the 1, 2, 3, A, B & C trains, Atlantic Terminal contains the 2, 3, 4, 5, B, D, N, R & Q trains. Additionally, the subway is free for LIRR riders from 6-10 AM on Monday-Friday which is helpful.
This may be good news for some commuters who work downtown, in Brooklyn or even as far up as Canal Street, but it’s tough for many others. A decent amount of Long Islanders who work in midtown or uptown will have a choice of taking delayed, congested trains to Penn Station or going to Atlantic Terminal and saving money but having a longer commute. Someone who works in Times Square would spend roughly twenty extra minutes commuting from Atlantic Terminal instead of Penn Station.
It comes down to how much you value your time and space on a train. There’s a better chance that you find a seat on your Brooklyn-bound train and that it actually arrives on time than a Manhattan-bound train. What choice will you make?