Hell below earth: LIRR riders will swarm Atlantic Terminal’s subways during summer track work

Getting cozy: It may look quiet here, but come Monday Atlantic Terminal will be anything but as a number of 9,600 daily Suffolk County commuters are diverted to the Long Island Rail Road’s second busiest stop in order to accommodate track repair at Manhattan’s Penn Station, which will continue through Sept. 1.
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Hordes of surly Suffolk County commuters will swarm the subway system at Atlantic Terminal on Monday as service changes kick-in on the Long Island Rail Road as part of Gov. Cuomo’s so-called “Summer of Hell.”

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is cutting train service at Penn Station to accommodate much-needed track repairs, and funneling a portion of the 9,600 affected Long Island commuters to the railroad’s second busiest stop — Atlantic Terminal — instead.

The transit agency is increasing Long Island Rail Road service at the terminal, running ten additional trains during morning and evening rush hours, according to a New York Daily News report.

The hub’s Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center subway station — which serves the 2, 3, 4, 5, B, D, N, Q, and R trains — likely will feel coziest during the morning slog, when railroad tickets double as MetroCards for the duration of Satan’s summer, which is scheduled to end on Sept. 1.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Posted 3:20 pm, July 7, 2017
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Reasonable discourse

Pedro Valdez Rivera Jr. from BS, BK, NY, US says:
The ABCs of the MTA and its contractors, as well as our city and state elected officials: Authoritarianism, Bureaucracy, Corruption, and Dysfunction. By the end of the day, thanks to several decades of deferred maintenance by our usual suspects, we as fare payers and taxpayers are footing the bill of the increasing capital and operating costs daily.
July 8, 2017, 8:45 am
Sparkle from Bay Ridge says:
I will shout at these freeloading outsiders until my throat grows horse; until my eyes bulge; until they flee from me in terror or confusion.

That is what I will do.
July 9, 2017, 8:37 pm
Tyler from pps says:
You guys know that the LIRR and the subway are both the MTA, right?

The MTA providing an alternative option, using its own/existing vehicles, for a missing link in it's commuter train service is not "freeloading" -- it's using the system slightly differently.
July 11, 2017, 9:33 am
Frank from Furter says:
Besides chicken little there were no significant problems yesterday. Yes there were more people at Atlantic terminal but it was a typical weekday. And it brings more people to Brooklyn...
July 11, 2017, 11:26 am

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