Our Love/Hate Relationship with the LIRR

Friday, July 18, 2014

Has the aversion of an LIRR worker strike gotten you thinking differently about your train line? Nina Ruggieroam New York reporter, joins to discuss, and Long Island listeners call in with their reasons to both love and hate the Long Island Railroad.


Ms. Nina Ruggiero

Comments [16]

mike from long island

illfg is the exact type of person who perpetuates stupidity. " ticket collectors "arent ticket collectors. the are federally qualified conductors.The LIRR has the strictest operating rules in the nation and is the safest. if iiifg saw was what required to qualify as a " ticket collector" his head would explode. i explained it on the air, but if people want to remain ignorant, thats up to them. why not complain about airline pilots, the planes are on auto-pilot 90% of the time. are they clowns too? also, to the other guy, 5 min and 59 late is a national standard. i sure you are always " on time", over 700 times a day.

Jul. 19 2014 12:14 PM
thatgirl from manhattan

And we thank all you one and two-person occupied cars for creating even more traffic headaches here since you think it's more "convenient." If it's only "convenient" for you, that's not saying much, Tom.

And have you honestly added up your EZ Pass, gasoline and parking costs per annum? Or are you one of the many who feel entitled to free parking once you're here.

Please leave your cars at home, people; we have enough problems without the sense of entitlement that engenders.

Jul. 18 2014 11:53 AM
Maryellen G. from Brooklyn/Montauk

I'm hugely concerned about the safety on the overly-crowded Montauk line of the LIRR. The Eastbound Thurs and Fri trains and westbound Sun trains are so packed with people standing in the aisles—and all their luggage—that it is literally impossible to pass through. The conductors don't even try to navigate the aisles to collect tickets. So I'm always wondering what would happen to all of us if we have a derailment like the Metro-North train, which ended up on its side. I don't understand why this sort of overcrowding is legal in terms of safety issues.

Jul. 18 2014 11:50 AM

Because of costs, they've priced the system in a way that make you have to think twice about taking it. Have two people going in and its cheaper and more much more convenient to drive in. That is sad and not right. Brian, why did you not talk about the actual details of the deal and the budget of the system? Curious.

Jul. 18 2014 11:41 AM
Tonianne from Syosset and Poughkeepsie NY


Metro North riders respect short and quiet cell phone use more often than LIRR riders in my experience. Would be excellent if they can reminder riders more often to keep the calls brief

Jul. 18 2014 11:40 AM
Tonianne from Syosset and Poughkeepsie NY


Metro North riders respect short and quiet cell phone use more often than LIRR riders in my experience. Would be excellent if they can reminder riders more often to keep the calls brief

Jul. 18 2014 11:38 AM
Amy from Manhattan

I'd rather the union had taken the extra whole (not half) year to be paid the raise & held out against the 2-tier system.

I don't take the LIRR often, & maybe that's why the main problem I have w/it is that the stations & signage are set up for people who already know their way around. If you're a 1st-time or infrequent user, you have a lot to figure out. For starters, I'd like to just see maps of where the different tracks are.

Now I have to add: "Maids or matrons"??? Wow, the caller Mike still thinks cleaning up is women's work?!

Jul. 18 2014 11:37 AM
thatgirl from manhattan

And I have to add that I have ZERO sympathy for all the LIRR employees who gamed the disability system, and are still benefitting from this "resolution." They discredit the entire system.

Yes--NJ Transit is older train stock, just as filthy.

Metro North is the oldest, most uncomfortable train stock in the system. I love to take it for convenient travel upstate, but it's a back-breaking experience. All that money and crappy, 70s-era cars? Please. More Americans need to travel to Europe and ride, say, the Ligne de Coeur/TGV; they put us to shame. But then again, we worship the almighty car! USA! USA!

Jul. 18 2014 11:37 AM
racism alert

"LIRR riders just throw their garbage down on the ground"

Jul. 18 2014 11:35 AM
thatgirl from manhattan

Never ride it on the weekend. I've done so to visit friends on the Island, and have tripped over the beer bottles rolling on the floor from kids on their way into the city who are drinking, applying makeup and already drunk!

The LIRR is gross, but I do blame the passengers! Pigs!!

Jul. 18 2014 11:33 AM

Brian turns this segment into a joke, rather than looking at the long term sustainability and problems with the system?! Earth to Brian, what is happening to your show?

Jul. 18 2014 11:30 AM
Matt B from Massapequa Park

They've already redefined late. If a train arrives within 5 minutes and 59 seconds of its scheduled arrival time, it's considered on time. :)

Jul. 18 2014 11:30 AM
Hector R

$22,000 cash payout plus the increases. I can barely afford the cost at the end of every month. To hell with this.

Jul. 18 2014 11:29 AM
Mary from Port Washington

No real long term cost savings, yet an operating budget in the hole. We WILL see big fare increases, toll increases and tax increases in the near future (even on your cell phone bill and paycheck, non riders) This was a non-story.
As usual, everything that was wanted was given and the struggling rider be damned and the politicians and leaders can have a photo-op. Forget the fact that most of these jobs over 100k plus (not including lifetime benefits) but the amount of fraud and abuse both in the agency and by its employees has been sickening. Pension padding, almost everyone going out on disability, etc. Add in the poor condition of the system and we'd be better of letting the agency go belly up and restructuring it from scratch.

Jul. 18 2014 11:27 AM

these clowns get paid 90k on average? most people i know with college degrees and graduate degrees dont even make that much. something is wrong if ticket collectors get paid more than white collar college educated professionals. i say fire them all and rehire them at 50k. then give them a 17% increase over 6 years.

Jul. 18 2014 11:24 AM
Miles H. from Newark, NJ

As a New Jersey resident and frequent rider on New Jersey Transit into and out of New York Penn Station, I can appreciate the way that the LIRR (1) announces and posts the train track assignments well in advance of the departure times and (2) generally assigns trains to depart from the same track each date.

NJT requires the sprint once the track has been announced.

Jul. 18 2014 10:51 AM

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