LIRR can save millions by laying off half of its drivers
A new report released this week suggests the Long Island Rail Road could save millions of dollars a year without cutting service by laying off half of its drivers.
Reducing the number of drivers was one solution. Other suggested savings measures include setting up automated turnstiles at stations where passengers can swipe their tickets to board the train and using the remaining drivers on the trains to check tickets. The CBC says these measures are called proof of payment and are made on commuter trains in Europe.
LIRR pilots have mixed feelings about the idea.
“Still concerned that people are losing their jobs, but I’ve been commuting for 18 years, and I know this could really be a more efficient system to pay before you start,” says Marian Conboy of Wantagh. “So I think it’s a good idea, but I don’t like people losing their jobs.”
Other commuters like Brian Byrne of Wantagh say ticket prices are steadily rising and laying off workers is now terrible.
An LIRR spokesperson said: “We appreciate the proposals and the time taken by the CBC to make these recommendations. We welcome ideas as we look for ways to build on our recent successes in improving railway safety and reliability.
The CBC says putting proof of payment in place would allow the LIRR to cut off half of its drivers and save $ 150 million a year.