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Apr 4, 2010 12:28 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

MTA finalizes cost-saving plan, including cut to Montauk line

Apr 4, 2010 12:28 PM

Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials have finalized a series of service cuts that will take effect this year, including the September cancelation of one peak weekday train that now runs from Queens to Montauk.

The decision came during a meeting on March 24 in midtown Manhattan. The MTA had floated a proposal this winter that originally called for the cancelation of all weekday train service to the North Fork, as part of an effort to close the agency’s nearly $800 million budget shortfall.

“The extent of our deficit requires that most of the cuts move ahead, but we listened to our customers and made changes where we could,” MTA Chairman and CEO Jay H. Walder is quoted as saying in a press release issued last week. “We were able to take a number of cuts off the table but, unfortunately, many of the cuts moving ahead will be painful.”

As a result of the decision, the 4:30 p.m. weekday train that shuttles about 480 daily passengers from Hunters Point Avenue, Queens, to Montauk will stop running on Monday, September 13. The MTA estimates that the service cut will save about $396,000 per year.

Originally, nearly all Long Island Rail Road service between Ronkonkoma and Greenport was slated to be canceled as part of the belt-tightening plan. But LIRR President Helena Williams announced she would take that proposal off the table days before the MTA Board vote last week, in response to public outcry by North Fork residents. Under the revised plan, weekday service to Greenport will remain in place, and weekend service will be canceled except during the summer months.

The agency estimates that the whole package of cuts, which will affect the entire MTA system, will save approximately $93 million per year.

Will James

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here's an idea. how about cutting the salary increases due the TWU and make them start paying for health care like everyone else in the private sector. Leave the service and get rid of the Union.
By fishy (92), East Hampton on Mar 25, 10 1:39 PM
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OK let's see if I have this right.

Please consult this MTA LIRR schedule valid through 5/16/10:


Assuming that the Montauk cut announced above were effective today, that means that Train #2712 would not run, and one could not leave Penn Station at 4:15 and arrive in Montauk at 7:35 PM.

That leaves Train #2706 leaving Penn Station at 11:06 AM and arriving in Montauk ...more
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Mar 25, 10 5:44 PM
PS -- Interesting that the MTA has left The East End with the "Cannonball' option.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Mar 25, 10 6:39 PM
We need new leadership ito represent us in the NYS legislature. Obviously, the current reps. are not effective. Peconic anything is a dream as long as Sheldon Silver is in power since he does not want Staten island to secede from NYC.
By nellie (451), sag harbor on Mar 25, 10 6:27 PM
I am willing to bet the MTA could save $396,000 per year by cutting ONE MTA executive's salary. The North Fork was able to air their grievances so they got no cuts, but nobody gave the South Fork that chance. This is so typical of the MTA, we pay more and more tax money for NO SERVICE. Eastern Suffolk should secede from MTA altogether and see where they are with NO TAX MONEY from the east end! They are a pathetic excuse for a "public transportation" system. You want people to use public transport? ...more
By eagleeye (82), Sag Harbor on Mar 25, 10 8:59 PM
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The Speaker of the NYS Assembly "THE BOSS" and if anyone thinks I'm wrong just try to take him on. He controls every piece of legislation that goes through the assembly. Unfortunately Fred Thiele is a nobody in this club since he isn't even a Democrat. Silver killed Fred's last Peconic County move because it could have also led to Staten island seceding from NYC if it happened.Here is the real joke..Silver's district is the lower east side of Manhattan (Grand Street area) and he controls what happens ...more
By nellie (451), sag harbor on Mar 25, 10 9:41 PM
Shelly won't be Speaker forever. Remember that back in the late 1960's - early 70's Perry Duryea of Montauk was Speaker of the Assembly!
By zaz (197), East Hampton on Mar 30, 10 6:40 PM
Yes, I agree, but the sad reality of Silver's reign remains a fact and there is little we as east enders can do about it. Silver is the defacto governor of this state. Nothing happens without his blessing. I wish all New Yorkers would realize this and force their representatives to vote him out of power. That is the only way to get rid of him. Of course if the NY Press wanted to I am sure they could find enough dirt to force him to resign but for some reason every time they get close to exposing ...more
By nellie (451), sag harbor on Mar 31, 10 1:14 AM
Suffok is GARGANTUAN by comparison to any other county on Long Island, but no, we can't consolidate from Riverhead eastward. Take a look at a map sometime, you may get the picture. Leave Suffolk in Happauge, and give us weary locals the voice we need. We have been drowned by NYC's wealth and avarice for too long. Our kid's can't have their own slice of the American Dream, because some interlopers have ABUSED theirs, on a level that constitutes gross fiduciary negligence. The MTA has gone beyond ...more
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Mar 30, 10 7:43 PM