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20% cost cut for NE Qns. LIRR monthly tix

Rozic, Braunstein reveal budget provision

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Posted: Thursday, April 4, 2019 10:30 am

Public transit improvements for northeast Queens were secured in the state’s just-passed fiscal year 2020 spending plan, Assemblymembers Nily Rozic (D-Fresh Meadows) and Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) announced Wednesday.

Thanks to one budget measure, commuters using the Zone 3 stops on the Long Island Rail Road’s Port Washington line will get a 20 percent cost reduction for monthly passes, saving them more than $500 annually.

The deal applies to the Auburndale, Bayside, Broadway, Douglaston, Flushing-Main Street, Little Neck and Murray Hill stations and others elsewhere in the city.

The spending plan also features $6 million for “first-mile and last-mile” connections — the trips a person takes to get to or from a public transit stop at the beginning or end of a trip — and $3 million dedicated to increasing express bus service.

Rozic’s office said the money for the train pass discount came from the Outer Borough Transit Fund, a source of money that lawmakers created last year to help New Yorkers who live in neighborhoods that lack strong sets of public transit options.

Gov. Cuomo and legislative leaders also agreed to a congestion pricing plan to create a fee for driving in Manhattan’s Central Business District that will raise revenue for the financially struggling MTA.

Rozic and Braunstein worked to secure the transit improvements to offset the financial burden imposed on commuters they represent by congestion pricing.

“Relief in the outer boroughs is long overdue for Northeast Queens transit riders who are far too familiar with increasing fares and travel times,” Rozic said in a prepared statement. “As part of this year’s state budget, it was critical for us to ensure that the needs of our communities were not neglected and that our transit system is fully funded.”

“A significant number of Northeast Queens LIRR commuters pay over $200 dollars for their monthly pass to travel to Manhattan. I am proud to have joined with Assemblywoman Rozic to secure a 20% reduction for these commuters, which will result in a savings of over $500 a year,” Braunstein said in his own statement.

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  • pvrjr posted at 4:39 pm on Sat, Apr 6, 2019.

    pvrjr Posts: 315

    Very beneficial for NE Queens' transit deserts, that's for sure. [smile]