NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) - New stats from the Long Island Rail Road show what many riders have been complaining about: trains are running later and later and some aren't running at all. An "expensive," "slow ride" that's "inconvenient" pretty much sums up the way Long Island Rail Road riders describe their commute.
The LIRR's 2015 operating report shows a 40 percent increase in the number of canceled trained over the past two years. There were also more late trains last year than in any other year since 2000.
Delays, crowded trains and platforms have people taking to social media asking the governor to help, using the hashtag #WeDeserveBetter.
For the LIRR's part, spokesman Sal Arena says many of the troubles are beyond their control including problems in the Amtrak-owned East River tunnels and major weather events. The LIRR is counting on new projects like the third track proposal to improve on time performance and reliability.
Some riders are hopeful for change and still would choose the train over traffic any day.
The MTA projects are expected to cost more than $10 billion.