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Re: A Question about the Lower Montauk Branch

Posted by AEM-7AC #901 on Thu May 7 00:07:30 2009, in response to Re: A Question about the Lower Montauk Branch, posted by Chris R16/R2730 on Wed May 6 19:20:56 2009.

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The line does indeed serve some centers of employment in LIC and Maspeth.

Isn't that still mostly industrial space?

I think ridership at these stations suffered more from people not knowing the service existed

The ridership suffered because the line dumps you at Long Island City with a long walk to the 7 with the high Zone 1 railway tariffs. $6 peak ($4.25 off peak and $135 for monthly) seems absurd with no free transfer to a subway or a ride into Penn Station. I think the only hope you'll get is if the LIRR decides to spend some cash on building a connector into either ESA or NYP, jury rig a subway in the area, or hope and pray the FRA will let you have freight and subway cars playing together on the same track with modern signaling and protection practices.

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