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Town Offers Help For Altered Commutes

The Town of North Hempstead has prepared a transportation contingency plan for local commuters who may be looking for alternatives if the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) workers strike on July 20.

The plan includes adding free parking at North Hempstead Beach Park, on West Shore Rd. in Port Washington, to aid car pooling, and providing up to 300 spaces at iPark, 1305 Union Tpke. in New Hyde Park, enabling commuters to catch bus service along Union Tpke. or meet up with carpooling buddies.

In addition, the town has created a page on its website dedicated to providing information about alternative forms of transportation, which include 511NYRideshare (carpooling information); NICE Nassau Inter-County Express (bus schedules); MTA (subway schedules, routes and LIRR updates) and other bus routes and schedules.

“I remain hopeful that a strike will be averted, but as the saying goes, ‘Hope for the best and plan for the worst.’ We are planning for the worst case scenario so that we are ready to help our local commuters

in the event of a strike,” said Supervisor Judi Bosworth. “We hope that by opening up some town parking areas we can make some transportation options more accessible to commuters.”

The town is also considering lifting all parking restrictions, which would require a resolution approved by the town board.

For a full list of transportation alternatives, visit www.northhempsteadny.gov/LIRRstrike or call 311.