Commuters purchase tickets for the Long Island Rail Road at...

Commuters purchase tickets for the Long Island Rail Road at the Ronkonkoma station kiosk. Credit: Newsday/Steve Pfost

Consumers have become accustomed to technology and convenience. I can wave my credit card at a gas station and get gas, never coming in contact with the gas pump. I can wave or tap my card at a deli counter and get lunch. But at a Long Island Rail Road ticket kiosk, once you select “touchless payment,” you are asked to touch and enter a PIN code that not too many travelers know offhand.

On my smartphone, I can enter a credit card number one time and purchase at Amazon or most other websites and never have to take my wallet out of my pocket. But even with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority app, when I buy tickets, I need to open my wallet to find the CVC security code on the physical card.

Is the MTA aware it is less convenient to not use the technologies that we use elsewhere every day of the week? How many LIRR executives use their own ticket kiosks?

— Gerry Brostek, Merrick

Missing street signs should be replaced

As a school bus driver in my surrounding community, I am aware of missing street signs that designate names of avenues and streets. Four such signs are missing on my daily route.

In a follow-up call to the Town of Brookhaven about a month after my first report of these missing signs, I was told to my disappointment that it could take five to seven months for this to be fixed. I bet I could order them online and have them within two weeks. Sooner if I paid for extra shipping charges.

There is also an intersection two blocks from my house with no stop sign at any corner at Matsunaye Drive and Southern Pine Lane. It’s an accident waiting to happen. I called that one in more than three months ago and have heard nothing.

— Thomas Gawiak, Medford

Coverage of library votes good idea for all

Newsday provides comprehensive coverage of the results of Long Island school district budget and proposition votes, and school district board of education elections, and that is much appreciated.

But, and this is a big but, Newsday provides no coverage of public library budget votes or library board of trustee elections.

A University of Pennsylvania study found that “public libraries are dynamic, socially responsive institutions, a nexus of diversity, and a lifeline for the most vulnerable among us.” The importance of our local libraries should be apparent to everyone. Sadly, Newsday doesn’t seem to agree.

— Mike Polansky, Plainview

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