I was so happy when the Long Island Rail Road got new trains in 1999. They were a long time coming, and they were beautiful. It was about time we New Yorkers had something new and clean.

One of the few things I dislike about being a New Yorker is sometimes we are forced to endure filth. My last few trips on LIRR trains, I realized I was sitting in filth. Not filth from the inconsiderate people who disrespect our trains, but filth from lack of maintenance.

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I know the LIRR has very expensive union help, and I know it's a powerful union, but someone has to clean and maintain these trains. Why did they let these trains fall into such disrepair in such a short time?

Thomas Gregoretti, Oceanside