Fares, tolls and inconvenience

Plans to offer discounts to Long Island Rail Road commuters who will travel to alternate destinations because of work planned at Penn Station raise questions about other instances when scheduled work causes citizens hardship [“MTA details discounts for some riders,” News, June 21].

Despite long delays caused by endless midday construction, Metropolitan Transportation Authority bridges and tunnels never reduce tolls as compensation.

Unlike transit and rail commuters, motorists are not organized and are seen by politicians as cash cows. A very vulnerable population, indeed.

How else can you explain the $8.50 one-way cash toll for cars on some MTA bridges and tunnels?

Donald E. Simon, East Meadow

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I’m sorry for the stress LIRR commuters have gone through these past few months or will endure this summer.

However, as a Fashion Institute of Technology student and then fashion designer commuting by rail in the 1970s and ’80s, I experienced daily delays, stoppages at Jamaica station because of snow, frequent diversions to Brooklyn, tracks closed for weeks, etc.

The service was horrible then, and I paid $100-plus for a monthly ticket.

Most of the trouble happened on the way home, but I was also late to work or school quite often.

I recall that the service improved in the 1990s, but after that, it seems the MTA’s maintenance plans didn’t keep up with its fare increases.

Colette Tubbs, Seaford