2012-02-03 / Community

Sanders To LIRR: Offer Weekender Rate

New York City Councilman James Sanders Jr., today called on the Long Island Rail Road to immediately begin offering the $3.75 weekend “CityTicket” commuter option to Far Rockaway residents who commute from the Far Rockaway LIRR station.

The CityTicket program is a new way to travel on Saturday and Sunday within the city limits on Long Island Rail Road or Metro-North Railroad, according to the MTA/LIRR website, but commuters who ride from Far Rockaway are not extended the CityTicket offer.

“Once again, the City is denying the most vital of services to those most in need,” said Sanders. “Those of us who live furthest from Manhattan and have the hardest time getting there should at least be afforded the same advantages as every other City resident. Far Rockaway is part of New York City, and we expect and deserve, at minimum, the same treatment and consideration as everyone else.”

The CityTicket option is supposed to make the LIRR experience a quick, safe, and cost effective way for residents from the outer boroughs to reach Manhattan on a weekend, reducing the often cost prohibitive price tag of a ticket down to about the fair of a subway.

“As ever, it’s just a simple matter of economic fairness,” concluded the Councilman. “Those who live furthest from the epicenter of New York are generally those who can least afford to live in it.”

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