- Associated Press - Friday, July 11, 2014

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - Shuttle buses, free subway transfers and park-and-ride parking lots are among the contingencies if Long Island Rail Road workers strike later this month.

Officials from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced the plans Friday in a conference call with reporters.

MTA President Thomas Prendergast says his agency and the unions are still working toward a possible resolution. He says both sides have agreed not to disclose when or where they are meeting.

The unions have threatened to strike July 20 if no settlement is reached.

Shuttle buses will help carry some LIRR customers to subway stations in Queens. They also are opening parking lots at Citi Field and Aqueduct racetrack. Commuters can catch subways to Manhattan from those lots in Queens.

Officials also are urging employees to telecommute if possible.

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