MTA offers fare reduction to LIRR commuters who avoid Penn Station

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The MTA has agreed to a fare reduction for LIRR riders.during the Penn Station repairs.

The MTA says it will give a fare reduction to Long Island Rail Road riders while Amtrak does repair work at Penn Station this summer.

The agency says passengers who use key transfer hubs at Atlantic Terminal and Hunterspoint Avenue will receive an average of a 25 percent discount in July and August.

The reduction will apply to monthly, weekly and daily tickets.

The decision comes in the wake of Governor Andrew Cuomo calling for the discount during what he has dubbed "the summer of hell" regarding repair work in the wake of derailments and power problems that have plagued commuters.

Additionally, all LIRR riders will be given a free transfer during the morning rush to New York City subways at Atlantic Terminal and Hunterspoint Avenue, which have connections to multiple subway lines.

"Governor Cuomo has asked us to provide greater value to our customers while Amtrak conducts repairs this summer," MTA interim director Ronnie Hakim said. "In response, we're adding to the mitigation measures we've already announced by providing a discount that will give customers who travel to key transportation hubs an average discount of 25 percent."

The discount will also be available to customers traveling to Long Island City, Nostrand Avenue and East New York, and they are in addition to the previously released transportation plan that restores rush-hour commuter capacity to and from Manhattan and alleviates anticipated delays and disruptions for LIRR commuters.

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