Friday, 25 May 2012 00:00
I was overjoyed when I read your article about the MTA’s decision to return half hourly service to the Port Washington LIRR train line. As a “green” minded citizen I like to think I am helping our environment by using public transportation. Having trains run only once an hour into NYC after “rush hour” was not encouraging use or convenient, not to mention the overcrowding that was the result of less trains. However, on examination of the new schedule I am aghast that none of the added trains stop at the Plandome Station.
MTA spokesperson Sam Zambuto stated that the train service was restored as promised when funds became available. I have to wonder how much more money does it take to include a stop at Plandome? Furthermore, Mr. Zambuto stated, “that no additional train crew cost is necessary to implement this service.”
Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel had expressed outrage at public hearings when LIRR proposed cuts, pointing out that loss of service results in loss of riders. Does she realize that the restoration of the half hourly trains that she hopes will bring back riders does not stop at Plandome, which “runs through the heart of her district?”
Plandome Station is an important locale, and should be included as a stop on all trains running to and from Pennsylvania Station from Port Washington. Am I the only one who is furious at the omission of this stop?