Bryan Altman, CBS Local Sports
If you’re from Long Island, or know someone who is from there, I don’t have to tell you that the bane of your/their existence is the commute on the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) to and from New York City during the work week.
The railroad has the infamous reputation (fair, or unfair at times) of being unreliable and overpriced at best, and a complete circus that will leave you stranded in Jamaica (not the awesome Jamaica you might be thinking of) at worst.
Not to mention the fact that the LIRR is pretty much the only method of transportation for most Long Islanders unless you have the means to drive into the city each day. And that option is such a trying one, not even members of a professional hockey team are going to be able to make that happen.
According to Peter Botte of the New York Daily News, the New York Islanders are now preparing to join the ranks of the commuters from Long Island now that their office has been moved from Uniondale in Long Island, to Brooklyn, New York.
Don’t believe it? Here’s what Islanders’ captain John Tavares had to say.
The Islanders might not be too happy about it, but the LIRR seems to be more than enthused.
According to Botte, the team has already started preparing for their regular season ride.
Perhaps this is a good thing for those who frequent the LIRR. Now, there will be even more pressure for the railroad to keep their trains running on schedule. Or else, this might become a reality.
Bryan Altman is, for some reason, an unabashed fan of the Rangers, Jets and Mets. If he absolutely had to pick a basketball team it would be the Knicks, but he’d gladly trade them for just one championship for either of his other three teams.