Report: Long Island Rail Road Delays Are Worst in 10 Years

June 9, 2017

By The Associated Press, U.S. News & World Report; June 8, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — Evening rush-hour cancellations and delays on New York’s Long Island Rail Road have reached their highest level in 10 years, according to transit data analyzed by the Wall Street Journal.

Problems at Amtrak-managed Penn Station have caused many of this year’s problems, but the LIRR’s performance also has become increasingly unreliable over the past four years, the Journal (http://on.wsj.com/2rQbMjZ ) found.

From 2008 through 2012, the LIRR’s systemwide on-time evening rush-hour performance averaged 93 percent during the first four months of those years. Over the last five years, it dropped to 87 percent.

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Escape From New York: As the Transit System Deteriorates, Is Our Region Losing Its Edge?

New York City is often called the “Greatest City in the World.” It is a city where people from all over the world come to live because of its rich culture and access to opportunity.

But culture and opportunity come with a cost. Seven years ago, The Onion ran a piece lamenting the downsides of living in New York City and satirizing a mass exodus from the five boroughs. It was a joke, of course, but there is always some truth to satire. Housing costs are sky high. Commercial rents are also high. But New York City has something that no other major American city can offer: a fast, efficient rapid transit network that operates 24 hours a day and provides service throughout the city, along with the nation’s most comprehensive regional rail network, which connects suburbs and secondary urban centers with the central business district.

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