LIRR President Continues Customer Conversations at
MTA Long Island Rail Road President Phil Eng has announced the continuation of ‘Customer Conversations’ forums, building on the Railroad’s efforts to keep an open dialogue with LIRR customers about service and progress on major initiatives. The New York City forums will be held at the following locations:
Thursday, March 21- Jamaica Station 5-7 PM
Thursday, April 4 - Penn Station 5-7 PM
Thursday, April 11- Atlantic Terminal 5-7 PM
Daily commuters, leisure travelers, community members and other stakeholders are encouraged to attend and engage in constructive dialogue with President Eng and other LIRR senior staff-persons who will be available to listen, share feedback and answer questions. We hope to see you at one of these events!
Courtesy is Key...
...to a comfortable commute. Whether you are coming or going from your place of business or taking the occasional train ride to a concert, sporting event or a parade, your awareness of and consideration for your fellow riders is essential.
When it comes to onboard etiquette, our hats are off to the majority of LIRR customers, who are routinely respectful of others. There are, however, a handful who need the occasional nudge to act in a more neighborly fashion. Many of the suggestions below will not make only your ride more pleasant, they’ll make everyone’s ride safer, cleaner and more reliable:
- Don’t sprawl. Put some extra thought into where you place your feet, your bags, and your umbrella, and use the overhead racks for items like coats and briefcases.
- When using mobile devices, keep the volume to yourself.
- Don’t block the doors. Stepping aside to allow customers to exit before you enter prevents bottlenecks at the doors and keeps trains moving on schedule.
- If standing, take your pack off your back to create more room for those around you.
- Keep your belongings out of the aisles. Packages or suitcases placed in the aisle create a tripping hazard for customers and crewmembers.
- Groom at home. No one needs to share your morning routine and it’s really not sanitary.
- Take your litter with you when you leave them train. It will go a long way in helping to keep our trains clean.
South Fork Commuter Connection
Monday, March 4 will mark the debut of the South Fork Commuter Connection (SFCC) on the Montauk Branch. This new service connects new LIRR trains with shuttle buses provided by the towns of East Hampton and Southampton, offering East End residents and employees an alternative to driving on the eastern South Fork of Long Island. The new service includes:
- 6:16 AM train from Speonk, making all stops to Amagansett (arr. 7:08 AM)
- 8:26 AM train from Hampton Bays, making all stops to Montauk (arr. 9:19 AM)
- 3:00 PM train from Speonk, making all stops to Montauk (arr. 4:14 PM)
- 7:27 AM train from Amagansett, making all stops to Hampton Bays (arr. 8:01 AM)
- 12:58 PM train from Montauk, making all stops to Speonk (arr. 2:15 PM)
- 4:50 PM train from Montauk, making all stops to Hampton Bays (arr. 5:43 PM)
Select trains will connect with ‘last-mile’ shuttle bus service to nearby workplaces and employment centers. For more information about schedules and special tickets, click here.
New Timetables Take Effect on Monday, March 4
In response to customer requests, Train 2391, the 5:12 AM peak train from Farmingdale, will add a Mineola stop at 5:30 AM to improve intra-Island travel options. Amtrak state-of-good-repair work at Penn Station continues through May 19. Currently, Track 17 is out of service for renovation. In mid-March, Track 17 will reopen, and Track 16 will close as Amtrak shifts its work to that location. Peak trains canceled or diverted to accommodate the Amtrak work will return on May 20 after the completion of renovations to Track 16. New timetables dated March 4 - May 19 for all branches are online here. Look for paper copies at terminals and stations. The new schedule will run through Sunday, May 19.
Upcoming Track Work: The Road to a More Reliable LIRR
Spring is a busy time at the LIRR, with major expansion and rehabilitation projects underway, along with our annual state-of-good-repair program. To minimize the impact on service, much of the work is done during off-peak hours. Here are highlights for the March 4 to May 19 period:
Weekends: March 2-3 & March 10
All day on Saturday, March 2 through Sunday, March 3, buses will replace trains between Hicksville and Ronkonkoma while switch improvement work is performed. Westbound buses will depart up to 45 minutes earlier than normal train times, then connect with westbound trains at Hicksville. Eastbound customers traveling to stations Bethpage through Ronkonkoma will board buses at Hicksville and can expect up to 44 minutes additional travel time. Weekend connecting train service to Greenport will depart an hour earlier than usual. The work will continue on the afternoon/evening of Sunday, March 10, when buses will again replace trains, but for a more limited time, from mid-afternoon to just past midnight. For the March 2-3 schedule, click here.
Weekdays: Monday, March 4 through Friday, March 8
Switch improvement work in Farmingdale means track changes during peak hours for some Farmingdale trains. For a one-week period beginning Monday, March 4, and continuing through Friday, March 8, westbound trains scheduled to depart Farmingdale Station at 7:06 AM, 7:22 AM, 7:27 AM and 7:58 AM will arrive on Track 1/Platform A (the south side platform).
Beginning Monday, March 4, buses will replace some off-peak, midday trains between Babylon and Patchogue/Speonk on weekdays from 8:45AM until 3:30 PM while we install new rail ties. Eastbound customers will board buses at Babylon service to stations Islip through Speonk. Westbound customers from Speonk through Islip will board buses for travel to Babylon, where train service will resume. Buses will depart up to one hour and five minutes earlier than usual train times. This service change will remain in effect on weekdays through May 17.
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The best way to get the latest information about train delays and service changes is by subscribing to My MTA Alerts® - our email and text message service. It’s free and you can choose to get alerts about your branch, or as many LIRR branches as you wish. Manage your account from your desktop or mobile device, including when you want to receive alerts. Edit, suspend or reactivate your account at any time. Updates are also available on the MTA/LIRR website in the Service Status Box. Details at www.mymtaalerts.com
Hotel Indigo Getaway Package
Shake off those winter blues with an LIRR Getaway Package to the East End at Hotel Indigo. At the crossroads of North Fork and the Hamptons, you’ll find more than you expected and everything you’re looking for with this very special package.
Get a one night stay for two, discounted LIRR tickets, transportation to/from the Riverhead Station, tastings at a local winery, distillery/brewery and more!
Call Hotel Indigo in advance for availability and reservations, at 631-369-2200 ext. 0.
Also: Special savings are available to any LIRR monthly ticket holder who shows a current monthly ticket at check-in.
Click here for more info.
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Did You Know...
The LIRR offers a safety education program free of charge to schools, community groups and driver’s education classes. The T.R.A.C.K.S. (Together Railroads And Communities Keeping Safe) program offers a variety of curriculums geared to different age groups ranging from pre-schoolers to adults. Our Corporate Safety Department administers this free program with the assistance of the MTA Police, to educate children and community residents about safe behavior with regard to railroad trains, tracks and stations. To schedule a safety program for your school or community group call 718-558-3028 or send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
"Yesterday I left my violin on the Ronkonkoma line train. I realized I left it 10 minutes after I got off the train and called Lost & Found. The man on the phone was sympathetic and kind and soothing. I filed a report and he said I should check L&F at Penn when I got back to the station. I did and Anthony was very helpful and gave me a phone number to call. A few minutes later Craig from Babylon called and said he had my violin. I can’t express the gratitude I feel. He hand-delivered my violin to Penn last night after his shift. I picked it up this morning and will be forever grateful to Craig, Anthony and all the LIRR employees involved with the retrieval. Thank you!" – Deb
"I’m on the@LIRR & the train car I’m in is completely clean! there was a whole thing how dirty their cars are. #CleanToday" – John
"Great job to the @LIRR train crew on the 5:01PM train from Greenport. Thank you for keeping us informed, communication is key!" –Ryan
Wait for the Gate
Railroad grade crossings are a common element of traffic safety in many Long Island communities. Their lowered gates, flashing lights and ringing bells warn of a train’s approach. In areas where there are two or more tracks, more than one train may be approaching. Please wait for the gates to raise completely before proceeding across the tracks Never go under or around lowered gates – the life you save could be your own!
It's Cold and Flu Season
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Cough or sneeze into the bend of your arm if you don’t have a tissue.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. The hand sanitizer should contain at least 60% alcohol.
- If you think you have the flu, stay home until your fever is gone at least 24 hours without a fever reducer.
Visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/habits for more information.
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