Demand that the National Transportation Safety Board investigate the Long Island Rail Road

Demand that the National Transportation Safety Board investigate the Long Island Rail Road

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Meri Kassner started this petition to National Transportation Safety Board and

The Long Island Rail Road is the busiest commuter railroad in the county, transporting nearly 90 million people yearly.  The infrastructure is antiquated with delays and cancellations being at an all-time high.  In comparison with the reliability of the service we receive daily, ticket prices are astronomical and the service continues to decline daily.  2018 has been the worst year in the history of the LIRR.

In a report by the New York State Comptroller published in January of 2018: 
"• Last year, 16,115 trains were late, including 6,170 that were more than 10 minutes late
(3,254 were more than 15 minutes late).
• A total of 1,269 trains were canceled at the terminal before departure, the most since
2010. Another 567 trains were terminated en route.
• The LIRR estimates that delayed trains were late by an average of 13.2 minutes (up
from 12.9 minutes in 2015), but that estimate excludes canceled or terminated trains.
For that reason, this measure does not capture the experience of LIRR riders. For
example, OSC estimates that the passengers on canceled trains during peak periods were delayed, on average, by half an hour.

The report doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of the commuter experience.  I ride the LIRR five days a week from Nassau County to Brooklyn for work.  Daily, we are subjected to overcrowding, short trains, cancellations, delays, broken rails, "slip-slide" conditions, signal problems, trespassers on the tracks, vehicles being struck by trains, broken gates, and derailments.  When there is bad weather, the trains leak, and flood, causing dangerous conditions for riders. The LIRR is dangerous and a health hazard to commute on.  Riders are packed into train cars like sardines in a can.   Slowing down or stopping of trains causes people to be pushed into one another and I've personally witnessed people being knocked to the ground.  The trains are neither cleaned nor maintained properly resulting in awful squeaking, non functioning climate control, and filthy bathrooms.

I personally, along with many others have been documenting and reporting on these conditions for several years on my Twitter account @FixTheLIRR.  Every day there are dozens of posts by commuters and replies from the LIRR, but NOTHING is ever done to fix the problems.  As a Firefighter and Critical Care EMT, the conditions alarm me every day.  If we ever had to evacuate a train due to an emergency we would be in dire straits as the trains are so overcrowded, even exiting normally at a station is sometimes nearly impossible and always difficult.

Overcrowding conditions at Penn Station cause dangerous situations on the platforms and result in people falling on the stairways and platforms.  Commuters are arriving later and later to work.  We are missing time with our families.  We have has ENOUGH.

 I care enough to know that the LIRR needs to be held accountable before someone is killed or injured.  They need to be held accountable NOW.   

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