MTA: LIRR Riders at Penn Station to Be ‘Fairly Compensated’

NEW YORK (AP) -
Penn Station
L-R: U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and U.S. Rep. Peter King tour the new first phase of Moynihan Station, a long-delayed stairway concourse that will improve access for rail commuters at Penn Station in New York, on Monday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

The head of the agency that runs the Long Island Rail Road says riders will be “fairly compensated” for being inconvenienced by construction work this summer at Pennsylvania Station.

Veronique “Ronnie” Hakim made the statement after Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for lower fares earlier Monday. The MTA is governed by a 17-member board, the majority of whom are appointed by the governor.

Amtrak is performing repair work at Penn Station that will cause LIRR, NJ Transit and Amtrak service disruptions. Besides schedule changes, buses and ferry service is being offered to some affected travelers.

Hakim’s statement did not elaborate on what “fairly compensated” means.