LIRR CHRONOLOGY 1970 

1970 LIRR completes high-level platforms at all stations in the electrified
zone, as the new M-1 “Metropolitan” MU cars lack steps. (MTA AR)

1970 MTA drops the LIRR “Dashing Dan” herald in favor of its own “M.”
(MrkrLmp)

Jan. 13, 1970 Gov. Rockefeller requests state loan of $8.5 million to cover LIRR's
1969 deficit. (NYT)

Jan. 30, 1970 MTA imposes fare increase on LIRR as part of the growing 1970s
inflationary spiral. (NYT)

Feb. 9, 1970 MTA head William Ronan attributes decline in LIRR service to
breakdowns in Budd M-1 "Metropolitan" MU cars; particularly
problems with electric couplers; 254 of 270 cars have been delivered.
(NYT)

Feb. 9, 1970 LIRR commuter B.H. Mandel sues LIRR and MTA for $50,000 for
causing "commuter neurosis" and "severe psychological injury" by
poor service. (NYT)

Feb. 12, 1970 Study of 200 LIRR commuters reveals that majority suffer from
psychosomatic problems brought on by stress associated with poor
service. (NYT)

Mar. 17, 1970 Special LIRR-UTU panel issues report recommending that freight
operations be performed by a separate legal entity. (NYT)

Apr. 11, 1970 Gas-turbine car experiments on LIRR halted for four weeks because
problems with exhaust system resulted in heat buckling the interior of
car. (NYT)

Apr. 28, 1970 LIRR begins using M-1 "Metropolitan" cars on Brooklyn-Jamaica line,
whose clearances were too tight to admit some other modern
equipment. (NYT)

June 1970 LIRR completes platform alterations at Flatbush Avenue Terminal,
permitting post-1946 cars to operate between Jamaica and Brooklyn for
the first time. (Keystone)

June 19, 1970 Transportation Secretary John A. Volpe announces $20 million grant to
LIRR to cover two-thirds of the cost of 120 M-1 "Metropolitan" cars.
(NYT)

July 1970 LIRR acquires two Erie Lackawanna observation lounge cars, formerly
used on the Phoebe Snow, for East End parlor car service; renamed
Aquebogue and Asharoken. (Wayner)

Sep. 10, 1970 MTA retains Parsons, Brinckerhoff, Quade & Douglas and Gibbs &
Hill to make plans for high-speed LIRR line from Penn Station to
Kennedy Airport via Rego Park and the old Ozone Park-Rockaway
line.

Oct. 6, 1970 MTA head William Ronan attends launching at Port Deposit, Md. of
first of four sections of two-level 63rd Street tunnel under East River;
upper level is to be for subway and lower for new LIRR line from Long
Island City to an uptown east side terminal; sections are to be floated
into place and set in trench in river bottom. (NYT)

Oct. 13, 1970 Gov. Nelson Rockefeller presides over opening ceremony for extension
of LIRR electrification from Mineola to Huntington on Port Jefferson
Branch. (NYT)

Oct. 19, 1970 MTA begins regular electric revenue service to Huntington on LIRR's
Port Jefferson Branch; elimination of "change at Jamaica" saves 15
minutes from most schedules. (NYT)

Oct. 23, 1970 Four shop crafts unions shut down LIRR for 10 hours in surprise strike.
(NYT)

Dec. 9, 1970 UTU, Clerks, MofW employees and hotel workers unions begin
nationwide rail strike in defiance of the government; all PRR lines
affected; LIRR continues to run except into Penn Station. (NYT)

Dec. 28, 1970 Transformer fire at Penn Station halts LIRR service west of Woodside
during morning rush hour; 50,000 commuters delayed and 23,000
crowd onto subway at Woodside. (NYT)