Dirtier Trains, Fewer Agents To Save $20M In LIRR's Budget
Long Island Rail Road customers can expect more crowded trains, dirtier stations and fewer ticket agents as the MTA has announced a new round of cuts aimed at closing its $400 million budget deficit.

LIRR president Helena Williams says the reductions are designed to have a low impact on riders and could begin as early as late summer.

The railroad expects to save $20 million this year through the proposed budget cuts, which include cutting the number of the cars on some rush-hour and weekend trains by two cars, eliminating ticket offices at Port Jefferson, Patchogue and Amityville, and less cleaning of stations and cars.

Williams also says tickets offices in Hempstead, Atlantic Terminal and Long Beach will have fewer hours and less staffing.