New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer

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Stringer: Make Metro-North, LIRR More Accessible To Subway Riders

October 16, 2018 - 3:18 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The city’s subways are in crisis, and a new report proposes a relatively simple way for at least some riders to have an easier commute.

As WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported, city Comptroller Scott Stringer says it is now a two-tiered system for the haves and have-nots. The haves zip in from the suburbs on trains that are half full, while the have-nots wait for crowded subways that crawl into the city.

“You can't have people from Westchester and Long Island coming into New York City and basically taking an expensive train directly to their jobs, while we're stranding tens of thousands of New York City subway riders every day,” Stringer said.

Noting that there are 38 Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road stations in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens, Stringer said more trains should be stopping.

“Eighty-four percent of the city’s employment growth has happened in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens,” Stringer said.

Stringer believes riders should be able to swipe their MetroCards to pay for Metro-North and LIRR trains. WCBS 880 has reached out to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority for comment.