Your LIRR Commute After Sandy

With commuter anger boiling over repairs to East River Tunnels, we want to know how your Northport commute has been going.

There have been many challenges in the area since Hurricane Sandy struck last month, but one of the biggest has been fixing our damaged rail system.

A major issue has been the repair of two East River tunnels owned by Amtrak which the Long Island Rail Road uses to get into Manhattan.

Rep. Steve Israel, D-Huntington, held a press conference in which he said he received assurances from Amtrak that the tunnels would be repaired by Christmas week.

John Dillworth November 29, 2012 at 05:52 PM
My commute is terrible and it has little to do with the tunnels and much to do with the LIRR. The LIRR trains to Northport in the evenings are constantly late. A good example is the train that is supposed to arrive at 5:30 PM. I take that train most night and for the last 2 years it has never arrived at 5:30. Not once. Lately it is about 15 minutes late each night. It has been 15 minutes late every night this week. No reason is given, requests for explanations from the LIRR go un-answered. The train crews are indifferent at best. Go see for yourself. The single safest time to cross the LIRR tracks at Northport is 5:30 PM, because there is absolutely no chance a train will ever be on the tracks at that time. Oh, BTW, there will be a fare increase coming soon.
Jason Molinet November 29, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Who takes the train from Huntington instead of Northport? That in itself is a commute, albeit small.
KL November 30, 2012 at 01:44 PM
"and for the last 2 years it has never arrived at 5:30. Not once" I take the 4:19 out of Penn many days as well and i can say that it mostly ON TIME - i have no idea what you are talking about. The trains int he earlier part of the commute going into NYC and home are more likely to be on time as there is less congestion on the tracks. Yes the fare increase in 2013 will start in March (also another one in 2015). Please do not say its due to mis managment of the funds. Take a look at the Health and pension costs and how they are exploding. For the most part i think the job that the whole MTA did was unbelievable - getting the mass transit system up and running safely so quickly after that storm. yes Jason on certain days i do "commute" to Huntington on nights when i know i will be working late to afford me the opportunity to take additional trains home
Jason Molinet November 30, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Good insight. Thanks.
John Dillworth November 30, 2012 at 02:42 PM
What am I talking about KL? Since November 1st that particular train has been cancelled 10 times due to the storm (didn't run at all during the "45" % service week" and late 5 times. And that is not counting this week. The facts are here and the facts don't lie. http://wx3.lirr.org/lirr/LateTrains/?date=11%2F01%2F2012&to_date=11%2F23%2F2012
John Dillworth November 30, 2012 at 02:45 PM
That same train was over 7 minutes late 7 times in October. As you know the LIRR does not consider a train late if it is under 6 minutes late. My boss does not feel the same way. I stand by my statement. Train #658 from Penn to Port Jefferson is scheduled to arrive in Northport at 5:30. In the last 2 years, that train has never, ever arrived at 5:30. More facts here: http://wx3.lirr.org/lirr/LateTrains/?date=11%2F01%2F2012&to_date=11%2F23%2F2012
John Dillworth November 30, 2012 at 02:47 PM
September it was over 7 minutes late 7 times also :http://wx3.lirr.org/lirr/LateTrains/?date=09%2F01%2F2012&to_date=09%2F30%2F2012 I can keep going here if you like
Jason Molinet November 30, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Point made. Thanks.
KL November 30, 2012 at 03:34 PM
but your statement was "for the last 2 years it has never arrived at 5:30. Not once" which is it? JD you apparently would not be happy unless it has 100% perfect on time performance and that is not going to happen. Using November as a barometer is not any indication of service levels. Also did you know that any point if the train is 7 minutes late at any station along its scheduled stops it is deemed to be late? so if the 4:19 is 7 minutes late at Mineola but only 3 minutes at Huntington the train is then put on the report? Personally i would rather be safe and possibly be a few minutes late then be put at risk. JD if you have not been on time for 2 years maybe you are cutting it to close and should take an earlier train? or drive? or review your time management
John Dillworth November 30, 2012 at 04:34 PM
The train is scheduled to arrive at Northport at 5:30. I want the train to arrive at Northport at 5:30. Perhaps it is late from time time, that would be acceptable, but it is never on time, it is always late, that is unacceptable. Why should I review my time management? I show up on time to get on the train so my time management seems to be working just fine. The LIRR fails to deliver me to my location on time so perhaps they (or you, as an employee) should be working on their time management skills. I don't care about any of the stations in between. The LIRR publishes a schedule that says the train should arrive at 5:30. The LIRR fails to deliver on their published schedule.
Dad of Three December 01, 2012 at 04:48 AM
Yes, Mr Dillworth's statement seems pretty straightforward to me. Occasional snafu's are bound to happen, but no train should be consistently late; it has nothing to do with safety, as it's a matter of professional competence (or lack thereof).


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