Kevin VeseyMar 10, 2017, 9:47 pmMar 11, 2017, 11:43 am

Politician pushes bill that would allow military reservists to ride LIRR for free

Law would require soldiers to be in uniform, show ‘order to appear’ letter and have valid ID

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Atlantic Beach Assemblywoman Melissa Miller says military reservists should be allowed to ride the Long Island Railroad for free when they're on their way to training or if they have to suddenly report to base.

The legislation would ask the MTA to waive the fare for reservists with a few stipulations. They'd have to be in uniform at the time, show their "ordered to appear letter" from their commander and be able to show a valid military identification.

In Long Beach, most commuters say they’re happy to see reservists ride the train for free but they wonder where the money for the program will come from.

When asked for a comment, MTA spokesman Aaron Donovan declined and said the authority does not comment on pending legislation.

There's separate legislation on the table to allow police officers and firefighters free use of the train, as well. Assemblywoman Miller says she's backing that bill.

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