1st casualty of MTA cuts hits Belmont

April 29, 2009 9:16:30 AM PDT
The first casualty of the MTA service cuts starts Wednesday. Belmont Park's spring racing season started Wednesday, but the Long Island Railroad's special train to shuttle patrons to the races won't be starting with it because of the agency's troubled finances.

Instead, Belmont managers say they'll use about $100,000 of the track's own money to provide daily and weekend courtesy shuttles for passengers from the railroad's Queens Village station to accommodate patrons.

The cut is the first of many the MTA plans to make as state lawmakers are deadlocked on a plan to rescue the agency from its $1.2 billion budget gap.


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