LIRR labor leaders fault MTA plan for operation of East Side Access terminal

By Alfonso Castillo with Newsday

July 28, 2021

Originally published in Newsday on July 25, 2021.

Long Island Rail Road labor leaders are balking at an MTA proposal to hire outside contractors to run the LIRR’s new East Side Access terminal in Manhattan, a plan they say would deny jobs to their union workers and create a new layer of bureaucracy at the transit agency.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is considering creating a subsidiary agency — separate from the LIRR — to operate East Side Access, which is scheduled to open late next year. The $11.1 billion project will create a second link to Manhattan for the LIRR via eight miles of new tunnels, potentially reducing Long Islanders’ commutes by 40 minutes each day.

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