Long Island Rail Road proposes maintenance of East River tunnels

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NEW YORK — The Long Island Rail Road has offered to takeover maintenance duties from Amtrak of the four bores that connect Manhattan and Long Island, the New York Post has reported. The proposal comes after a May 8 Amtrak derailment that led to five days of canceled LIRR trains while Amtrak cleaned up.

Jay Walder, the CEO of LIRR parent Metropolitan Transportation Authority, wrote Amtrak President Joseph Boardman on the issue. “[I]f it would facilitate a solution, or if Amtrak is unable to commit to an action plan to address these issues, we are prepared to negotiate the necessary amendments to our agreements on an expedited basis that will allow the LIRR to assume maintenance responsibilities for all four East River tunnels,” Walder rote.

Amtrak is considering the offer, but it defends its actions following the derailment, saying the work was needed to safely restore the tunnel to operation.
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