Thursday, 18 July 2013 00:00
The Long Island Rail Road recently celebrated the 38th anniversary of Mail&Ride ticketing. Many of us appreciate the benefits of using this when riding the LIRR on a daily basis to commute from home to work. Those of us commuting from Great Neck or Little Neck don’t have to change at Jamaica. Here are a number of trains originating at our respective stations resulting in first choice of seats. Other trains still stopping at either station usually have available seating. This is also true for return trips in the afternoon. Our trip averages about 30 minutes each way to and from Penn Station. Few remember a brief period later in the 1980’s when the LIRR offered a one-year ticket which arrived monthly. By prepaying for your monthly pass one year in advance, you received a four percent discount. Sadly, there were only several hundred of us, including myself, who took advantage of this amazing bargain so it was quickly discontinued. Fast-forward to today and you can also purchase an unlimited Metro Card. This affords incredible savings for those who use the subway to and from Penn Station. The savings are multiplied with local trips at lunchtime or after work. The card also provides you with unlimited free transfers to both NYCT and Nassau Inter County Express NICE (formerly Long Island Bus).