Feb. 25, 2020 By Kristen Torres
Commuters on the Long Island Rail Road traveling from the outer parts of Queens will see savings come this summer, with discounted fares set to take effect on May 1.
LIRR riders will get a 20 percent discount on monthly passes and a 10 percent discount on all trips within the city. The MTA board is set to give its final approval for the plan later this week, according to Assembly Member Ed Braunstein, who spearheaded the initiative.
Baunstein floated the idea of a LIRR discount last year when congestion pricing for commuters was included in the executive budget.
“We wanted to find ways to encourage residents in the outer boroughs to use mass transit, especially since many live beyond the MTA,” Braunstein said.
Once the discounts begin, passengers riding from northeast queens to Manhattan will save nearly $50 a month—with monthly passes reduced from $234 to $187.