Despite the fact that the Green Bus Lines remained in service, the transit strike had a large impact on both residents and storeowners. Pickets walked their lines in near-freezing weather as thousands of local residents tried to find alternatives to their usual lifelines – the MTA’s A-Line subway and the Triboro Coach express buses, both of which were on strike. Stores such as the Last Stop Café, located at the Beach 116 Street subway station, faced a 60 to 70 percent drop in revenues because the majority of their business comes from straphangers. While there was a park-and-ride facility at Riis Park, many locals took the Long Island Rail Road in Far Rockaway to Manhattan when they could get on the over-packed trains.
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