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Letter: Give LIRR control at Penn

Commuters walk through the crowded terminal at Penn

Commuters walk through the crowded terminal at Penn Station. (June 27, 2012) Photo Credit: Craig Ruttle

The editorial regarding the takeover of Penn Station was absolutely on point ["LIRR should oversee Penn," Dec. 11].

The needs of Amtrak are opposite of those of the Long Island Rail Road. The LIRR must have control over the destiny of its trains in order to maintain seamless service to its operations.

In engineering terms, LIRR trains enter an abyss of no control or accountability once they are handed off to Amtrak. Yet the LIRR is left to handle the political fallout of a situation over which it has no control, and customers are left feeling slighted.

The transfer of railroad properties is not as uncommon or as difficult as one might think. While legal issues are present, they are not insurmountable. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority exists today so that the region could have control over its transportation needs.

Christopher Natale, Babylon

Editor's note: The writer is the general chairman of the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen AFL-CIO-CLC.