The LIRR is adding more shuttle trains to Brooklyn after chaos in the first week of Grand Central Madison service

NEW YORK — The Long Island Rail Road is increasing rush hour to Brooklyn, extending trains serving Penn Station and adding cars to all trains that exceeded capacity last week.

It is also promising to improve customer service at Jamaica Station.

As Monday’s evening commute peaked, CBS2 saw a rush to board trains for trips that some say are longer and more crowded.

It was another day, another round of LIRR changes.

“It doesn’t get any better,” said rider Kami Ohebshalom.

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Three shuttle trains returned to service after days of chaos and closed tracks due to schedule changes and the new Grand Central Madison terminal.

“You miss a shuttle, that’s another 20 minutes you have to wait,” said Julia Saka of Wantagh.

“It’s just a heavier commute going in and out every day,” added Haynes Harris of Baldwin.

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While some told CBS2 they are seeing service improvements, others described Monday as more of a mess.

“You’ve got to get it fixed. People have to go to work,” said Laura Gorman of Northport.

Frustrated commuters have taken to social media to share videos of train cars with no available seats and over-packed platforms.

The MTA has added cars. Trains that had eight now have 10. Trains with 10 get 12, and so on, increasing the odds of getting seats.

Some riders said they had been forced to change stations and commute times.

“I have to wake up early and I come to work later,” said one woman.

“We’re all outraged. The community is outraged,” Oyster Bay Supervisor Joe Saladino said as he led a meeting to demand better service. “Communities on the Oyster Bay line already face limited Long Island Rail Road service due to its miles of electrified track. The schedule changes make an existing problem worse.”

MTA customer service agents are visible on platforms answering questions, but what commuters are asking for are rollback schedules with more direct point A to point B service without detours.

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