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Congressman Thomas Suozzi

Representing the 3rd District of New York

Suozzi Statement on LIRR Service Disruptions and Delays

May 11, 2017
Press Release
Congressman Tom Suozzi issued the following statement today regarding the ongoing LIRR service disruptions and delays.
“The LIRR delays, and service disruptions have gotten out of control. I was planning on staying out of it, but it has gone too far.
“I spoke with the CEO of Amtrak and the President of the LIRR. They have done a poor job communicating a plan to address this very real problem which has been decades in the making.
“They are both train professionals. They should lay out the outlines of a plan today and the details by next week. It is clear that some of Penn Station must be closed down with a robust plan to address these problems once and for all.
“Any disruption should affect a limited number of trains (less than 10%) and should be spread fairly throughout the system.
“They must communicate a clear plan with alternatives for commuters that will cause the least inconvenience.
“This is an antiquated, complex, over capacity facility with a poor working environment.
“Time to bite the bullet and fix this as quickly and efficiently as possible.
“We need a real infrastructure plan for America and Amtrak and the LIRR!”