Rockland officials demand commuting discounts from the MTA

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Rockland officials are demanding discounts from the MTA for commuters.

Orangetown and Clarkstown officials tell News 12 that riders that take the Pascack Valley line are being excluded from a 10 percent fare discount that's exclusively offered to New Jersey Transit customers.

Crews continue to install positive train control equipment on NJ Transit, which has resulted in reduced service in New Jersey. Due to the inconvenience, NJ Transit has offered a discount on all of its rail tickets and passes for travel from November through January while the mandated installation is completed. Rockland County commuters, however, are being excluded from the discount.

The Pascack Valley Line is owned and operated by NJ Transit. Officials say the discount does not apply to Metro-North service.

Orangetown Supervisor Chris Day and Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann say they are demanding answers of why West of Hudson riders are being excluded from the discounts as well as safe and reliable service.

In a statement provided to News 12, Metro-North said, "Metro-North is redirecting the subsidy from the suspension of three Pascack Valley Line trains to improve the commute for our West of Hudson customers. We are making capital improvements at the Nanuet Station, including repainting of station canopy, installation of new bird netting, repair of ADA access ramp, replacement of passenger shelter, repair of entrance road and surface to Metro-North's parking facility."

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