April 3, 2019 By Laura Hanrahan
Two Albany legislators announced today that Northeast Queens Long Island Rail Road commuters will soon be receiving a 20 percent deduction on their monthly fare passes.
Assembly Members Edward Braunstein of Bayside and Nily Rozic of Fresh Meadows fought for the agreement to be added into the 2019-2020 state budget as a means to offset the impact of congestion pricing on residents of the car-heavy outer borough who have more limited public transit options.
“Relief in the outer boroughs is long overdue for Northeast Queens transit riders who are far too familiar with increasing fares and travel times,” Rozic said. “As part of this year’s state budget, it was critical for us to ensure that the needs of our communities were not neglected and that our transit system is fully funded. I am grateful for Assemblyman Braunstein’s partnership and look forward to seeing these improvements through their implementation.”
With a monthly commuter pass running upwards of $200, riders could save nearly $50 a month. The reduction is set to affect monthly passes for commuters traveling to and from the following stations: Auburndale, Bayside, Broadway, Douglaston, Flushing-Main Street, Little Neck, and Murray Hill.
Funding for the fare discount comes from the Outer Borough Transit Fund, set up by the State Legislature last year to help commuters who live in areas with limited transit options.