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LIRR keeps North Fork weekday service

Passengers ride the early morning train from Greenport

Passengers ride the early morning train from Greenport to Ronkonkoma. (Jan. 25, 2010) Photo Credit: Ed Betz

After major public and political pressure, the proposed weekday elimination of Long Island Rail Road service between Ronkonkoma and Greenport is being dropped, state Sen. Brian Foley and MTA sources said Friday.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority chairman Jay Walder reconsidered the planned discontinuance of the weekday service, Foley said. Walder gave him the news Friday.

"Obviously it's important news. It's good news for that line," said Foley (D-Blue Point). "They need to find ways to cut costs, but this was an unwise proposal. I firmly believe that this line's ridership will grow as time moves forward."

However, service on non-summer weekends still will be eliminated, an MTA source said.

Related: The 123s of the LIRR's proposed service cuts

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