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Letter: Buses have filled LIRR service void

Commuters are taking long, cheap bus trips to

Commuters are taking long, cheap bus trips to avoid steep train fares, the Department of Transportation says. Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin

The editorial regarding Long Island Rail Road service to Greenport [“Train service and growth for economy go together,” Aug, 1], rightly urges more train service for the North Fork.

However, the few trains scheduled each day are hardly competition for the bus services that have taken over the market in the absence of efficient and effective railroad access.

The LIRR should develop plans for frequent short trains from Hicksville to Greenport that would run express to Ronkonkoma, and then serve stations on the way to Greenport.

There is demand for such service, as evidenced by the number of buses that clog the highways.

Donald E. Simon, East Meadow



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