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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:

Babylon Branch

Long Beach Branch

Montauk Branch

Port Jefferson Branch

Port Washington Branch

Ronkonkoma Branch

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

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

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

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

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 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 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 for more information on the event. Schedule and fare information will be posted on on or about May 21.

Safety Reminder
Lowered crossing gates, flashing lights and ringing bells warn of a train’s imminent approach. Wait behind the gate. Your life is worth the wait.

Courtesy Counts
Please keep train doors clear so others can board or exit. Blocking doors slows service for everyone.

Did You Know?
Did you know that one of the LIRR’s best buys for non-rush hour travel is the Off-Peak Ten Trip ticket? Customers can save 15% off the cost of 10 off-peak one-way tickets to or from Penn Station, Atlantic Terminal and other stations in Fare Zone 1. These tickets are valid for up to six months, and unlike monthly or weekly tickets, Ten Trip tickets can be used by more than one person – even companions traveling together on the same train. They make great gifts, too.

LIRR Listens
Customer feedback is very important to us, and we will be looking to your suggestions more and more for ways to improve service. Case in point: last month, Larry S. of Hicksville shared with us his concerns regarding a drainage issue on the south side of Hicksville Station. At about the same time, Rachel K. of Hicksville met LIRR President Phil Eng on a train and described the same issue. Our maintenance forces took quick action, and just days afterwards we received the following thank-you’s:

@LIRR Thank you for having the #Hicksville station mgr build a drain at the flooding ingress and egress point at the South West tunnel. Only days after my tweet, construction was done and is almost complete. Good job!”
- Larry, Hicksville

“…today we noticed that a drain was put in and there was no flooding which was amazing! Thank you.”
- Rachel, Hicksville

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April OTP
Overall on-time performance for April 2018 was 94.0%.

Monthly OTP
Babylon 94.8% 91.5% 95.5% 94.7% 85.4%
Far Rockaway 95.2% 96.8% 97.3% 97.0% 94.5%
Hicksville/Huntington 94.0% 94.1% 91.9% 92.5% 88.9%
Hempstead 95.2% 88.4% 95.3% 94.5% 93.7%
Long Beach 95.2% 93.1% 95.5% 95.1% 93.5%
Montauk 92.9% 92.3% 95.3% 94.7% 91.9%
Oyster Bay 93.9% 88.9% 93.9% 93.2% 90.6%
Port Jefferson 89.3% 89.1% 91.2% 90.6% 91.3%
Port Washington 95.2% 90.2% 93.2% 93.1% 89.7%
Greenport/Ronkonkoma 91.2% 96.5% 91.4% 92.1% 89.2%
West Hempstead 88.6% 96.0% 97.5% 96.1% 94.9%
TOTAL 93.7% 92.4% 94.3% 94.0% 90.3%

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