Before he could nod yes, [Joe] Legotti had a peak ticket, an off-peak and two tokens pushed through the slot.
A month from now, riders at the Locust Valley Station may want arrive a little earlier than normal. The Long Island Rail Road plans to remove the ticket agents from this station and 31 others around Long Island and Queens. In their place, the LIRR will install ticket vending machines, which many commuters complain are impersonal, take too long to use and don't provide the service the clerks do.
The ticket window closings are to begin April 3, when agents will be removed from Locust Valley and Sea Cliff stations, both on the Oyster Bay branch. Fifteen stations in all throughout Nassau will be affected.