LIRR to test lower fare at select NYC stations

How would you like to cut your commuting time in half and save money doing it?

A pilot program would benefit people living on the edge of Queens and Brooklyn who commute into Manhattan or Downtown Brooklyn.

Most don't have easy subway access but they do have the Long Island Rail Road close by. They would pay $5 for a one-way fare on the LIRR or $60 for a one-week pass, which is about half the regular LIRR cost and half the commuting time of taking buses to subways.

The program would cover trips to Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn from two stations in Brooklyn (East New York and Nostrand Avenue) and seven stations in Queens (Rosedale, Laurelton, Locust Manor, Queens Village, Hollis, Jamaica, and St. Albans).

The MTA board members are expected to vote on the pilot program on Wednesday and implement it next month.