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LIRR riders board a train during rush hour at Penn Station on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. The MTA and the LIRR unions are preparing for a strike that could begin at 12:01 a.m. on July 20.(Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa)

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Long Island prepares for an LIRR strike

People across Long Island had been preparing for an LIRR strike after negotiations between the unions and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority collapsed. But the sides came to a deal on Thursday, July 17, 2014, averting the work stoppage.