All aboard! MTA alters Riverhead train schedule for jurors

04/16/2010 12:00 AM |

The Metropolitan Transit Authority has agreed to adjust the Riverhead train schedule to allow for potential jurors to arrive in time for jury duty, according to Suffolk County Legislator Ed Romaine.
The decision was announced Friday during a meeting at Riverhead Town Hall attended by Mr. Romaine, Assemblyman Marc Alessi (D-Shoreham), Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter and other East End elected officials.
An eastbound train will arrive in Riverhead at 8:55 a.m. on weekdays and two westbound trains will leave the station at 1:22 p.m. and 3:58 p.m., though it was not immediately clear when the new train schedule will begin.
Mr. Romaine, whose district spans the North Fork and eastern Brookhaven town, said he was very pleased with the announcement.
“This is something I’ve advocated for since I became a county legislator,” he said.
Earlier this year, the MTA proposed eliminating all train service between Ronkonkoma and Greenport in a move that was intended to help close a $400 million budget shortfall. The MTA decided to keep the line open after resistance from residents and public officials.