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Letter: Metro-North trains at Penn win-win

A LIRR train at Penn Station. (Jan. 26,

A LIRR train at Penn Station. (Jan. 26, 2012) Credit: Bruce Gilbert

I am trying to figure out what the problem is ["Crush hour at Penn," News, March 24]. The Long Island Rail Road will be sending 24 trains an hour in the mornings to Grand Central Terminal. It might take 10 of those from their assigned slots at Penn Station.

This would increase the number of LIRR trains into Manhattan, not reduce service.

On the other hand, Metro-North would also increase the number of trains it runs, and increase reverse commutation on its lines, while making easy connections to both the LIRR and NJ Transit. This would take up just three of the 10-plus slots available in the East River tubes.

The other Metro-North trains would come down the West Side of Manhattan and could even share NJ Transit and Amtrak platforms, which are underused. This proposal sounds like a win-win-win for everyone.

Robert Schoenfeld, East Meadow