New York’s MTA Plans Shuttle Buses in Case LIRR Workers Strike

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority plans to run shuttle buses to Manhattan if workers for the Long Island Rail Road strike next month.

Riders of the busiest U.S. commuter rail system will be able to board the buses at parking sites, including at lots near John F. Kennedy International Airport and at Citi Field, home to the Mets Major League Baseball team. Using the sites will cost the MTA $12,000 a day, according to authority documents.

The agency’s board is set to vote on the plan June 25 after its finance committee approved it today. The MTA is negotiating labor contracts with unions that represent about 5,000 LIRR workers.

A strike may happen as soon as July 20, according to MTA documents. It would affect about 300,000 daily riders, according to Adam Lisberg, an MTA spokesman.

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