“Take the Train to the Game” The Basketball Event of the Year, February 13-15
Almost as good as center court seats is the convenience of taking the LIRR to this year’s NBA All-Star Game and the events leading up to it. The celebration of round ball takes place this year at Madison Square Garden and the Barclays Center.
As LIRR customers know, the Garden is located just upstairs from Penn Station and Barclays Center is across the street from the LIRR’s Atlantic Terminal. Here’s the schedule:
- Feb. 13 - NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at Madison Square Garden (7 PM)
- Feb. 13 - NBA All-Star Rising Stars Challenge at Barclays Center (9 PM)
- Feb. 14 - NBA All-Star Practice at Madison Square Garden (10:30 AM)
- Feb. 14 - NBA All-Star Saturday Night (3-Point & Slam Dunk Contests) at Barclays Center
- Feb. 15 - NBA All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden
For more information and train schedules check out the LIRR website.
Rail Yard Info Center Opens at Ronkonkoma Station
LIRR customers and local residents are invited to visit the Mid-Suffolk Train Yard Information Center at Ronkonkoma Station on January 29 and 30. The Mid-Suffolk Yard project, which involves expanding the existing Ronkonkoma Train Yard, is a critical element in our efforts to improve the Main Line commute. Additional yard capacity is needed to support direct service to Grand Central Terminal when East Side Access is up and running. The yard expansion plan calls for the use of undeveloped property already owned by the LIRR on the south side of Ronkonkoma Yard. The Info Center, located opposite the Ronkonkoma Station ticket office, will be staffed by LIRR personnel ready to discuss the project in detail. The hours of operation are:
- Thursday, January 29 from 1 PM to 9 PM
- Friday, January 30 from 6 AM to Noon
Come on down and learn how an expanded yard will benefit your future commute.
Mail&Ride Sweepstakes Winners
Congratulations to our latest Mail&Ride Sweepstakes winners:
- Michael Clark of Long Beach
- Patrick Cullen of Wantagh
- Brian Ham of Flushing
- Thomas Keller of Garden City
- John Koenig of Glen Cove
- Joanne Salamone of Mineola
- Vijay Vazirani of Bayside
- Anita Zigman of Great Neck
All Mail&Ride customers are automatically entered in the sweepstakes each month. The lucky winners pay nothing for their commutation ticket for a month of their choosing. Mail&Ride is the way more than 35,000 LIRR customers get their monthly commutation tickets conveniently and dependably delivered through the mail. Signing up is easy….apply online at mailandride.com and if you choose an unlimited MetroCard option, you can save 2% on your LIRR fare.
Are You Ready For Snow and Ice?
Meteorologically speaking, spring begins March 20, so there’s still, unfortunately, plenty of time left for Old Man Winter to show his fury. The LIRR’s winter strategy includes extensive preparation before, during and after snow and ice hits.This includes our employees spreading de-icer on platforms, turning on switch heaters at critical track locations, and readying our heavy-duty snow fighting equipment.Here’s a summary of what customers can expect during different winter weather events:
- Light snowfall, 4 inches or less: Little or no impact on operations/train service.
- Moderate snowfall, 5 to 9 inches: Operations could be hampered, expect some delays. Allow extra travel time.
- Heavy snowfall, 10-13 inches or more: Train service on some branches may be modified or suspended. We will try to restore normal service as quickly as possible to our core branches (Babylon, Port Jefferson (NY-Huntington), Port Washington and Ronkonkoma). Train travel is not encouraged at the height of the storm.
- Ice storms, blizzards, sustained winds over 39 MPH: Train service will be severely curtailed or suspended, especially if there are frozen switches or if there is a loss of third rail power. Icing can develop quickly and can have a greater impact on travel conditions than heavy snowfall. Train travel is not encouraged.
Modified Schedules for Storm Recovery
Special storm recovery timetables have been posted on our website.
- Modified Schedule 1: A normal AM or PM rush hour schedule, but with up to 20 trains canceled or combined.
- Modified Schedule 2: LIRR weekend schedule with 37 extra trains added.
- Modified Schedule 3: LIRR trains operate at one-hour intervals on only the LIRR’s four key branches: Babylon, Port Jefferson (NY-Huntington only), Port Washington, and Ronkonkoma with shuttle train service between Jamaica Station and Atlantic Terminal.
- Modified Schedule 4: LIRR trains operate at two-hour intervals on only the LIRR’s four key branches: Babylon, Port Jefferson (NY-Huntington only), Port Washington, and Ronkonkoma. No service between Jamaica Station and Atlantic Terminal. Depending upon changing storm conditions, adjustments to the modified schedules may be implemented.
To ensure your safety, and the safety of our employees, the LIRR may need to temporarily suspend train service depending upon the severity of the weather. Suspending service ensures that trains do not get stranded between stations, making our recovery efforts extremely challenging.
When the storm is over, we cannot immediately “ramp up” to full service.Trains that were operating during the storm may be subject to weather-related damage. The same holds true for our right-of-way and for parking facilities, most of which are maintained by local towns and villages. Remember, Know Before You Go. Check the LIRR website for updates and download the LIRR’s free Train Time app. Our Public Information Office sends out real-time service updates via e-mail, text messages and Tweets to thousands of subscribers. If you’re not an LIRR e-mail subscriber, please check out www.mymtaalerts.com. It’s free.
Attention Suffolk LIRR Customers
Help improve conditions for your fellow commuters. A Suffolk County position is available on the Long Island Rail Road Commuter Council. Members are regular LIRR riders appointed by the Governor upon the recommendation of County Executives and Borough Presidents in the LIRR service area. In addition to monthly meetings, the LIRRCC engages with its fellow commuters, addresses riders’ issues with Railroad management, and advises the MTA and LIRR. A non-voting LIRRCC representative sits on the MTA Board and participates in MTA Board committee and full Board meetings. Commuters interested in serving should send a letter of interest to Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone at PO Box 6100; Hauppauge, NY 11788 or by email at email@example.com.
Overall on-time performance for December was 90.93%.
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