Letter: Give LIRR control at Penn
The editorial regarding the takeover of Penn Station was absolutely on point ["LIRR should oversee Penn," Dec. 11].
In engineering terms, LIRR trains enter an abyss of no control or accountability once they are handed off to Amtrak. Yet the LIRR is left to handle the political fallout of a situation over which it has no control, and customers are left feeling slighted.
The transfer of railroad properties is not as uncommon or as difficult as one might think. While legal issues are present, they are not insurmountable. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority exists today so that the region could have control over its transportation needs.
Christopher Natale, Babylon
Editor's note: The writer is the general chairman of the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen AFL-CIO-CLC.