Cecilia DowdJul 7, 2017, 9:20 pmJul 8, 2017, 6:39 am

Lawmaker appointed to task force looking at rail problems

‘I think we have to assume the worst, hope for the best’ says Congressman Peter King

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One lawmaker who is watching all the railroad issues at Penn Station very closely is Congressman Peter King. He is part of a task force put together by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to address all the problems on the rails.

“I think we have to assume the worst, hope for the best, but assume the worst. And, again we’ve had so many problems over the last several months without any of what’s going to be happening starting on Monday as far as the construction work,” said Congressman King referring to the so-called “summer of hell” for Long Island Railroad commuters set to begin on Monday.

He was recently appointed to a task force by the governor that was formed to try to alleviate problems on the rails.

“This is really a long-term project, which has nothing to do what’s happening this summer. It’s to revamp Penn Station, to basically bring it into the 21st century and what has to be done. I mean, there’s so many more people using the LIRR, so many more people utilizing Penn Station. That is just out of control, and this is years of neglect, years of really poor leadership and just a failure of basic maintenance,” King says.

King says he had a conference call Friday morning with other members of the task force in which they discussed the emergency measures being put in place beginning Monday.

As FiOS1 News has reported, that includes longer cars on the trains, ferry service and 200 buses that will take commuters into the city.

Buses will leave from park and rides form North Hempstead Beach Park, Belmont Racetrack, Valley Stream LIRR, Roosevelt Field Mall, Nassau Coliseum, Bethpage State park Seaford LIRR, Seaford, which is a kiss and ride, and Melville.

The bus service may not be an ideal option as many know the traffic into Manhattan tends to be much slower than trains.

“It’s going to be a longer commute and it’s also going to make it worse for people who drive every day ‘cause now you’re going to have 200 buses on the road,” King says.

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