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Long Island Rail Road To Launch Scoot Trains With East Side Access

The Service Will Begin In 2019
Long Island Rail Road train (file / credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

OYSTER BAY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) - A new service is coming to the Long Island Rail Road that’s designed to give faster, shorter rides.

The planned “scoot” trains would offer faster, more frequent service between the following places: Brooklyn and Jamaica; Oyster Bay and Mineola; and Ronkonkoma and Riverhead.

“The idea is get customers out of their cars, into trains and use more frequent services as a way to attract them,” LIRR President Helena Williams told WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs. “The benefit is to our riders who say ‘Gee, I could leave my car at home if I knew there was a train that I could catch, but if I have to wait two hours, I don’t want to wait for a train, I’ll take my car.’”

The scoot trains will launch with East Side Access in 2019.

Williams said it’s all part of an advancing railroad system.

“It’s a very bright future for the Long Island Rail Road with increased service opportunities for our customers,” she said.

Williams said about 20,000 riders would benefit from the scoot trains.

She added that the hope would be to eventually add scoot service between Port Jefferson and Huntington.

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