A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from October 17, 2019
Long Island Fail Road (Long Island Rail Road or LIRR nickname)

The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) provides transportation between Manhattan and Suffolk County on Long Island. Some critics of the LIRR have called it the “Long Island Fail Road.” “Long Island Fail Road Commuter” was printed in the Daily News (New York, NY) on January 3, 1969.

A blog titled “Long Island Fail Road” had posts from 2011 to 2016. “Long Island Fail Road” is an address on Facebook.

Other LIRR nicknames include “Largely Incompetent Rail Road,” “Long Island Snail Road,” “Wrong Island Fail Road” and “Wrong Island Rail Road.”


Wikipedia: Long Island Rail Road
The Long Island Rail Road (reporting mark LI), often abbreviated as the LIRR, is a commuter rail system in the southeastern part of the U.S. state of New York, stretching from Manhattan to the eastern tip of Suffolk County on Long Island. With an average weekday ridership of 354,800 passengers in 2016, it is the busiest commuter railroad in North America. It is also one of the world’s few commuter systems that runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week, year-round. It is publicly owned by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which refers to it as MTA Long Island Rail Road.

The LIRR logo combines the circular MTA logo with the text Long Island Rail Road, and appears on the sides of trains. The LIRR is one of two commuter rail systems owned by the MTA, the other being the Metro-North Railroad in the northern suburbs of the New York area. Established in 1834 and having operated continuously since then, it is one of the oldest railroads in the United States still operating under its original name and charter.

Newspapers.com
3 January 1969, Daily News (New York, NY), “LIRR Carmen Pledge Delay of Any Strike,” pg. 10, col. 2:
Plagued by delays and cancellations since the new schedules were put in effect Nov. 25, sported lapel buttons yesterday, some of which read, “I hate LIRR,” “LIRR Commuters or Cattle?” “Long Island Fail Road Commuter” and “Fire Ronan.”

29 October 1969, Newsday (Long Island, NY), “Letters,” pg. 5B, col. 3:
Latter-Day Revolution
The most heartwarming story I’ve read in Newsday for years was the one about the Long Island Fail Road commuters stoning both a train and crew (Oct. 24th).
(...)
Jerome H. Brown
Massapequa

Newspapers.com
10 April 1978. Daily News (New York, NY), “Voice of the People,” pg. C13, col. 4:
GET IT RIGHT
Jamaica: Why not be honest and call it the “Long Island Fail Road”?
JINX STOWERS

23 June 1999, New York (NY) Post, pg. 20:
JUST CALL IT LONG ISLAND FAIL ROAD, SAYS REPORT
By CARL CAMPANILE

Newspapers.com
10 March 2002, Daily News (New York, NY), “Voice of the People,” pg. 46, col. 3:
Waiting for a train
Babylon, L.I.: The Long Island “Fail Road” has been launching campaigns lately, such as the clean train campaign, the campaign to keep your feet off the seats and campaign to reduce cell phone usage. As a long-suffering passenger, might I suggest an on-time train campaign?
Steve Curtis

Twitter
Holly M. Paddock
@hollyhock
Someone I work with started a new Facebook group. I give you Long Island Fail Road: http://www.longislandfailroad.com
8:26 PM · Nov 26, 2008·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Dave Quinn
@NineDaves
Replying to @joereid
@joereid @adam807 it’s one of its many nicknames. long island fail road, long island tail road, wrong island rail road, etc, etc
10:57 PM · Sep 16, 2012·TweetDeck

Twitter
Domestic Terror
@phdinweed
Replying to @nightfever
@nightfever this is the long island railroad, affectionately known as the long island fail road
3:01 PM · Jan 26, 2015·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Montaukoutloud
@Montaukoutloud
Fuck you Long Island Fail Road.
Fuck you.
#LIRR
Short train AGAIN.
Wrong track annoncement at Hicks.
Fuck off.
2:11 PM · Aug 31, 2018·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Larry
@LWar103
Replying to @LIRR
It’s always Amtrak’s fault, never The Long Island Fail Road’s fault! Save your fkn BS! Took 2 hours to get to work this morning and and extra 20 to get home. Your service sucks.
7:43 PM · Sep 26, 2019·Twitter for Android

Newsday (Long Island, NY)
LIRR tips: Places to wait for a train, quiet cars, ‘late’ notes, or bringing your bike
By Alfonso A. Castillo
@alfonsoreports
Updated October 13, 2019 6:19 PM
(...)
Connect with other commuters: In addition to apps and digital services, social media can be a great resource to get real-time service information, including photos, straight from fellow riders. Facebook groups, like the Long Island Fail Road, are loaded with commuters sharing their experiences during every rush hour.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityTransportation • Thursday, October 17, 2019 • Permalink