NY1635 273 Posted March 3, 2018 Share #26 Posted March 3, 2018 3 hours ago, B35 via Church said: If you truly believe that first statement, then I have to conclude that you're oblivious to just how much intra-island usage that exists.... It's to the point where you have people riding to LIRR Jamaica from the east, to xfer to some other branch of the RR to get to some other part of Nassau County..... Used to see people doing that all the time when I used to take the LIRR home..... The number of riders resorting to doing that nonsense should literally be zero if there was this complete shunning of intra-island usage..... SCT is mostly utilized by those that are trying to get to areas that aren't really near any RR station.... SCT is less of a substitute for the RR than it is for a car & I don't really see that dynamic changing if service east of Babylon, Ronkonkoma, and Huntington (respectively) weren't as deplorable as they are...... Nassau county gets all the flack for being so pro-car, when actually, Suffolk county patrons in that regard are worse!! IDK how many "when I get my car" or "my car's gotta get fixed", or "my _______ (insert familial relationship here) got the car" stories/mentions I've heard whilst utilizing SCT..... So I'm not exactly buying that SCT gets most the usage that it gets, due to poor RR service..... I'm coming from the perspective of someone who lives out in Nassau. I don't really doubt the existence of intra-island riders and reverse peak commuters, I'm just pointing out that people on Long Island still see the LIRR only as a commuter rail for people living in the suburbs and work on the city during peak periods. Very few people in either Nassau and Suffolk are willing to admit they use the system in pretty creative ways. You also have the MTA and Governor Cuomo trying to keep LIRR riders ignorant of how to use the system, oblivious to the fact that more and more people are choosing to stay on Long Island for work because the commute into the city isn't worth it anymore. I'm not oblivious to how much intra-island usage the LIRR gets. My thoughts are usually along the lines of "Why are you using the Main Line for travel to points East? Don't you know that the Main Line's cursed? There's always some idiot motorist getting onto the tracks or downed utility pole somewhere around Westbury ruining it for everyone. Use the Babylon Branch for Nassau-Suffolk travel." 0 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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