New Timetables Starting May 21 Include Multiple Enhancements
The riders asked, and the LIRR answered. Look out for added service, lengthened trains, and other customer experience improvements.
Lengthening Nine Trains on Six Branches
In response to customer requests, we reviewed capacity and are adding cars to nine heavily used rush-hour trains. “We’re balancing the needs of all of our customers,” said LIRR President Phil Eng. “We looked at our equipment and train schedules and found ways to more smartly deploy our cars so that some of the busiest trains get more seating.” Extra cars are being added to the trains below and we will continue to make adjustments as necessary:
- The 6:13 AM train from Massapequa Park to Penn Station is being lengthened to 10 cars from its current eight.
- The 6:31 AM train from Lindenhurst to Penn Station is being lengthened to 12 cars from its current 10.
Long Beach Branch
- The 6:13 PM train from Penn Station to Long Beach is being lengthened to 12 cars from its current 10.
- The 5:39 AM train from Montauk to Long Island City is being lengthened to eight cars from its current six.
- The 6:17 PM train from Jamaica to Montauk is being lengthened to five cars from its current four.
Port Jefferson Branch
- The 6:01 PM train from Penn Station to Hicksville is being lengthened to 10 cars from its current eight.
- The 7:22 PM train from Penn Station to Huntington is being lengthened to 12 cars from its current 10.
Port Washington Branch
- The 5:26 PM train from Penn Station to Port Washington is being lengthened to 12 cars from its current 10.
- The 7:19 AM train from Ronkonkoma to Penn Station is being lengthened to 12 cars from its current 10.
One-Seat Ride from Southampton The 5:08 AM train from Speonk will originate at Southampton at 4:41 AM, with stops at Hampton Bays
(4:51 AM) and Westhampton (5:00 AM), before continuing on its current route.
Late-Night Service to Port Jefferson
In response to requests for better late-night service, the Port Jefferson-bound train that currently originates in Jamaica at 2:10 AM will depart approximately 90 minutes earlier. On weekdays, the train will depart Jamaica at 12:53 AM and arrive in Port Jefferson at 2:19 AM. On weekends, the train will depart Jamaica at 12:40 AM and arrive in Port Jefferson at 2:06 AM.
More information can be found at www.mta.info/lirr.
Memorial Day Extra Service
The LIRR will help kick off the first holiday weekend of summer with eight additional trains from Penn Station on Friday, May 25. The extra trains to Babylon, Far Rockaway, Hicksville and Huntington will depart Penn Station in the early afternoon. For train times, look for timetables dated May 21 or consult www.mta.info/lirr.
Cannonball: Express Service to the Hamptons
Memorial Day weekend also means the return of the Cannonball, departing Penn Station on Fridays at 4:06 PM. Hamptons Reserve Service — on three cars of the Cannonball — offers the LIRR’s only reserved seats (for an extra fee). The other cars are unreserved, which means customers can take advantage of this express service — 95 minutes nonstop from Penn to Westhampton — on a first-come, first-served basis. We advise customers to get to Penn early and buy tickets in advance to avoid lines on summer Friday afternoons.
Calverton Memorial Day Rail Package
On Saturday, May 26, as we all celebrate those who served our country, the LIRR will offer a special rail-bus package for families honoring their loved ones interred at Calverton National Cemetery. The package includes round-trip transportation to the cemetery after a stop at a florist. For more information call 511 or 718-217-5477, say “LIRR,” then “Group Travel,” or visit our website at www.mta.info/lirr/getaways.
June 2-3: Buses Replace Weekend Trains between Ronkonkoma and Hicksville
Buses will replace weekend trains between Ronkonkoma and Hicksville on Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3, to accommodate construction related to the Double Track Project. For details, including bus schedules, look for a copy of the special Ronkonkoma Branch Trackwork Timetable, dated June 2-3, 2018 or visit www.mta.info/lirr.
Go Green to the Belmont Stakes - June 9
The 150th running of the Belmont Stakes is scheduled for Saturday, June 9. Why not avoid the inevitable traffic jams and take the LIRR to and from the race? Extra trains will be provided from Penn Station directly to our Belmont Station, a short walk from the grandstand. Customers from eastern Long Island can change at Jamaica for service to Belmont Park. Special Belmont Park tickets are required. Check www.mta.info/lirr for details.
Forest Hills Stadium Concerts Starting June 8
Music lovers can skip the hassle of traffic and parking. Take the train to the LIRR’s Forest Hills Station, just a short walk away from the iconic Forest Hills Stadium and a star-studded line-up. New this year - present your LIRR ticket at Guest Services and pick up a free, round-trip LIRR ticket for future use. Visit foresthillsstadium.com for the 2018 concert line-up and to purchase show tickets.
118th U.S. Open Championship at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club June 11-17
The Long Island Rail Road is the easiest and most convenient way to get to the U.S. Open. Train service will be provided in both directions on the Montauk Branch and will accommodate customers traveling from either New York City or Eastern Long Island. Shinnecock Hills Golf Club is located 85 miles from New York’s Penn Station and the trip is expected to take approximately two hours.
Regular fares will be charged. Tickets purchased after boarding the train carry an additional charge, so the LIRR encourages golf fans to purchase tickets in advance from a Ticket Machine, staffed Ticket Office, or through MTA eTix®. Please visit web.mta.info/lirr/shinnecock/index.htm for more information on the event. Schedule and fare information will be posted on www.mta.info/lirr on or about May 21.
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