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Letter: Cramped LIRR conditions must end

Commuters crowd platforms at the Hicksville LIRR train

Commuters crowd platforms at the Hicksville LIRR train station and attempt to board as they return to work. (Nov. 5, 2012) Credit: Howard Schnapp

In the aftermath of Sandy, we have all had to deal with inconveniences and difficulties, but it appears as though the Long Island Rail Road has no intention to improve the post-storm status quo ["MTA: $600M for LIRR work," News, Nov. 28].

For the past three weeks, it has been standing-room-only on the morning and evening rush-hour trains on the Babylon branch. I completely understand the need to cancel and combine trains if there is an equipment shortage, but at the very least, the trains that are running should be longer.

LIRR trains were not designed to accommodate people standing up, and there are insufficient handholds. When people are in the aisles, the trains become only something short of a death trap as there is no easy entry or exit. Standing in heavy coats, carrying laptops, tablets and morning coffee leads to a cramped and potentially dangerous situation for all passengers.

The woman standing behind me recently was visibly pregnant, and she stood for the duration of the trip until Jamaica. Fortunately, a fellow passenger gave her his seat.

With monthly fares in the $300 range, we pay enough not to have to be subjected to this kind of daily torture. Pressure needs to be put on the LIRR to fix the situation immediately.

Rena Barnett, Rockville Centre