Anthony Simon, general chairman of the United Transportation Union, left, and Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Thomas Prendergast, right, shake hands in front of Gov. Andrew Cuomo after a tentative labor agreement was reached at Cuomo's office in New York on Thursday, July 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

NEW YORK (AP) — After four years of negotiations — and weeks of fretting by 300,000 daily riders about a possible strike — unions and management at the nation’s largest commuter railroad reached a tentative contract agreement Thursday.

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