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LIRR Is a Line Drive to Mets Home Games
NY MetsThe Long Island Rail Road is the speedy, reliable half-hourly service that lets you avoid Mets home game traffic and parking fees and will get you to Citi Field on time and in good spirits. Direct LIRR service to the ballpark is available from Penn Station, Woodside and all stations on the Port Washington Branch. Those traveling from Long Island or southern Queens on other branches can reach Citi Field by changing trains at  Woodside, just a five minute ride from the stadium.

Fans from New York City or New Jersey can board trains at Penn Station, which is just a quick 19 minutes away on the LIRR. The LIRR’s deeply discounted Family Fare ticket allows future big leaguers to see their favorite team, while providing savings for parents. Children ages 5-11 can ride for only $1 each (in each direction) on PM peak and off-peak trains, when accompanied by an adult paying the regular fare.  Parents with monthly or weekly tickets just pay for the children.  Up to four children can travel with each parent (or guardian, 18 or older) at this special rate. Children under 5 ride for free at all times.

For further information consult the LIRR website at or by calling 511 and saying “LIRR”. Let’s Go Mets!


Spring Into The Season with LIRR Getaways
Ready to celebrate the warmer weather? Consider golf or a polo match at Bethpage State Park, the International Auto Show in NYC, or a trip to the Body Worlds exhibit at Discovery Times Square. The LIRR is ready with big savings on travel packages that include event tickets and round-trip LIRR fares. Visit “Deals & Getaways” for our hottest deals or call 511 and say “LIRR.”


Make Your Reservation on the Cannonball to the Hamptons with A New, Simpler Ticket Plan; Reservations Open May 1
LIRR’s popular Hamptons Reserve service opens for reservations starting May 1. That’s the date when customers can begin making their summer railroad travel plans for the East End with the LIRR’s premium reserved seat service that also includes beverage and snack service. Hamptons Reserve service is provided on two bi-level coaches on the Cannonball, which departs Penn Station Fridays at 4:06 PM starting May 23, making first stop Westhampton in just 95 minutes. Return Hamptons Reserve service is available on Sunday afternoons. This season, a simplified boarding plan and one-ticket process replaces the former system that required two separate tickets – the first for rail fare plus a second seat reservation ticket. Now, one convenient $47 ticket covers all costs for the eastbound trip on Friday, while Sunday’s return trip is priced at $39.75. Advance reservations are required. Beginning May 1, Seasonal Reservations – a minimum of eight trips – can be made in advance by going to mta.info/lirr/hamptons/reserveservice and downloading the reservation request form. E-mail the completed request form to hamptonreserve@lirr.org. If you prefer to speak to our reservationists call 511, say “LIRR,” “More Options,” then “Hampton Reserve” to reach the Hamptons Reserve Reservation Office. Weekly reservations are available starting on the Monday prior to the Friday and Sunday departures for that week


Greenport Weekend Service Restored
Starting May 3-4 the LIRR will resume weekend service to/from Greenport. The extended seasonal service to the North Fork will continue through Thanksgiving Weekend.


Tickets, Please
You may wonder why your conductor sometimes will ask to “punch” your monthly or weekly tickets. During this process, which train crewmembers are required to do on randomly specified days of the month, the ticket is checked for various factors including proper weight and texture, to view the preprinted name on Mail&Ride tickets, as well as to ensure that the gender designation is punched. Commutation tickets are not transferable. As the LIRR is funded through both fares and tax subsidies, these procedures are important to protect your tax dollars and fare revenue. Thank you for your cooperation.


Latest Mail&Ride Sweepstakes Winners
Congratulations to our latest Mail&Ride Sweepstakes winners:

All Mail&Ride customers are automatically entered each month in the sweepstakes. The lucky winners, chosen each month, 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. 


Good Friday Extra Service
On April 18, the LIRR will provide eight additional eastbound trains from Penn Station for customers leaving early in observance of Good Friday.  The extra trains, departing between 2 PM and 4 PM, will operate on the Babylon, Far Rockaway, Port Jefferson and Port Washington branches. Please check your branch timetables dated February 24-May 18, 2014 for exact departure times or consult mta.info/lirr.


Don’t Take More Than You Can Handle
The number one cause of LIRR customer injuries is slips, trips and falls and luggage is a contributing factor.  Here are some luggage do’s and don’ts when traveling by train:
Do:

Don’t:


Oyster Bay Weekend Busing
Buses will replace trains between Mineola and Oyster Bay on four weekends in May and June to accommodate a concrete tie installation project. Starting Saturday and Sunday, May 3-4 and continuing on the weekends of May 17-18, May 31-June 1, and June 14-15, westbound Oyster Bay Branch customers at stations Oyster Bay thorough East Williston will board buses for travel to Mineola, where train service will resume to all points west.  Eastbound Oyster Bay Branch customers will transfer to buses at Mineola to complete their trips.  Please plan for up to 40 minutes of additional travel time. We apologize for the inconvenience, but concrete ties will result in a smoother and quieter ride.


Happy Birthday to Us
Birthdays for some are important, for others something they would rather forget. We at the LIRR like to acknowledge our own company’s significant anniversaries and this year is one of them. On April 24, 1834, the Long Island Rail Road was officially chartered by the State of New York. So, happy 180th to us.


March OTP
Overall on-time performance for March was 92.99%.

Monthly OTP
BRANCH
AM
Peak
PM
Peak
Off-
Peak
Total
March
2014
Total
March
2013
Babylon 96.0% 81.5% 93.9% 92.4% 90.3%
Far Rockaway 94.4% 94.2% 97.5% 96.7% 95.5%
Hicksville/Huntington 92.4% 81.6% 90.4% 89.6% 91.5%
Hempstead 97.6% 91.0% 95.7% 95.4% 95.9%
Long Beach 95.6% 92.2% 94.8% 94.6% 92.9%
Montauk 90.5% 86.1% 93.7% 92.3% 92.6%
Oyster Bay 95.2% 77.8% 96.4% 93.7% 91.7%
Port Jefferson 84.5% 83.0% 89.5% 87.9% 89.7%
Port Washington 94.4% 90.2% 96.6% 95.5% 95.6%
Greenport/Ronkonkoma 90.0% 91.7% 90.6% 90.6% 89.7%
West Hempstead 96.2% 88.9% 96.5% 94.9% 94.6%
TOTAL 93.7% 86.9% 94.0% 93.0% 92.5%

 

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