The last time that Long Island Railroad service was suspended because of a worker strike was in 1994, when it was a lifeline for approximately 100,000 workers daily. Today, it serves many more – roughly 300,000 – but MTA chief Tom Prendergast says that we’re better prepared now and MTA spokesman Adam Lisberg says “This is going to be a far better plan than it was 20 years ago. Twenty years ago we didn’t have Google.”
The MTA recommends telecommuting if possible and has also arranged for shuttle bus service and park and ride lots for carpooling and subway access, but warns that its contingency plans are not sufficient to service all 300,000 daily riders. To keep up to date, you can sign up for the MTA’s email and text message alert system, download the free LIRR Train Time app and follow the MTA and LIRR social media accounts. You can also use the Rideshare tool to arrange a carpool.
Newsday has compiled a helpful list of apps for everything from getting a price quote form Uber to finding a rental car to comparing local gas prices. They also recommend using HopStop to plan your route and using local buses for trips within Long Island.
And DNAinfo has compiled further information on bus transit, parking lot location, how to connect to subway service, HOV lane use and ferry service.
Watch our interview with traffic engineer and former city transportation official Sam Schwartz, better known to many as “Gridlock Sam,” here.