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Posted: Thursday, August 1, 2013 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

There is even more good news to “MTA plans expanded bus, subway service” (by Michael Gannon, July 25, multiple editions). Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Thomas Prendergast and Long Island Rail Road President Helena Williams are providing funding which will support resumption of half-hour weekend service on the Port Washington LIRR branch. This proves once again why it pays to live in Great Neck or Little Neck, Douglaston, Bayside, Auberndale and other northeast Queens neighborhoods. Those of us in the know already moved to communities adjacent to Port Washington branch stations years or even decades ago. The Great Neck schools, along with those in nearby Queens neighborhoods, are some of the best in the Metropolitan New York area. We have great air quality along with a low crime rate, abundant parks, libraries, shopping, entertainment, movie theaters, hospitals and medical facilities.

Riders on the Port Washington branch have far more abundant seating than LIRR commuters on other branches, and a quick 30-minute or less trip into Penn Station without having to change at Jamaica. We also miss most service disruptions. The return of half-hour weekend service on the Port Washington LIRR branch for riders is a nice gift to offset future planned fare increases in 2015 and 2017.

Larry Penner
Great Neck, LI

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