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A Holiday Gift For You From Us
To show our appreciation this holiday season, the LIRR is offering customers coupons for savings at various New York City food venues and attractions.  “The Long Island Rail Road Guide to Holiday Family Fun,” booklet highlights some of the best local attractions and activities for a fun day of holiday cheer—many include discount rail and admission.

Deals included in the Guide are:

Remember, you must show your LIRR ticket to be eligible for these discounts. Why not download a copy here or pick up a copy at your station or at all LIRR terminals. Don’t forget the LIRR special packages for “Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical” at the Theater at Madison Square Garden and the “Radio City Christmas Spectacular®” starring the Rockettes. Save $10 on admission and Ride Free to these classic seasonal shows.

Take the LIRR to NYC's Holiday Lights and $ave
During the holiday season, the Gray Line Sightseeing bus “Night Tour” morphs into the “Holiday Lights Tour” and the LIRR package for this Yuletide view of the big City includes up to 39% savings. It includes off-peak LIRR round trip rail fare along with the discounted admission ticket for the tour. You’ll see memorable holiday sights such as the Rockefeller Center Tree, store windows decked out for the season and more.  The LIRR package ticket must be turned in at the Gray Line Visitors Center located at 777 Eighth Avenue (between 47th and 48th Streets).  This package is available at LIRR ticket windows as well as at gray, green or blue ticket machines. For further details check out the LIRR website at The “Holiday Lights Tour” will run through January 3.

Holiday Window Displays/Shopping
Here are some can’t-miss window displays to take in during your holiday visit to the City, within walking distance from Penn Station.

Additional LIRR Service in Season for the Holidays
The LIRR will provide extra service for holiday travelers on Christmas and New Year’s Eves.  On Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24, there will be
13 extra trains departing Penn Station between 12:46 PM and 3:48 PM for those leaving early.  On New Year’s Eve, Wednesday, December 31, we’ll offer 12 additional trains departing Penn Station between 1:28 PM and 3:48 PM for those leaving early for a head-start on the holiday festivities. 
For New Year’s Eve revelers traveling to the City for the ball drop, the LIRR will add 20 additional westbound trains from late afternoon through the evening.  Five trains on the Babylon Branch, one train on the Montauk Branch, seven trains on the Port Jefferson Branch, two trains on the Port Washington Branch, two trains on the Long Beach Branch, two trains on the Ronkonkoma Branch and one train on the Hempstead Branch.  There will also be four additional eastbound trains from Atlantic Terminal on New Year’s for those coming home from the Elton John Concert at Barclays Center.
On Thursday, January 1, New Year’s Day, the LIRR will provide 18 additional eastbound trains from Penn Station and Atlantic Terminal between 12:35 AM and 4:19 AM for New Year’s celebrants and concert-goers heading back home.  The extra service will include six trains on the Babylon Branch, one train on the Montauk Branch, two trains on the Port Jefferson Branch to Huntington, one train to Port Jefferson, four trains on the Ronkonkoma Branch, three trains on the Port Washington Branch and one train on the Long Beach Branch. On both Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, the LIRR will operate on holiday schedules.

Reminder: More Weekend Long Beach Service
Due to increased travel demand during the holiday season, weekend service has been added on the Long Beach Branch through January 4. On Saturdays and Sundays, four additional westbound trains depart Long Beach  between 9 AM and 1 PM, and four extra eastbound trains to Long Beach depart Penn Station between 4 PM and 8 PM, increasing service to half-hourly. Get a copy of the December 15, 2014 branch timetable or check the LIRR website at for more schedule information.

LIRR Seasonal Travel Advice
Purchase your round-trip tickets in advance, including MetroCards for connecting subway and bus service, in order to save time and avoid lines at ticket windows and ticket machines. Discounted family fares will be available during the Christmas-New Year’s period.  As many as four children, ages 5-11, can ride for the deeply discounted Family  Fare of one-dollar per child each way when accompanied by a fare-paying adult or guardian. Children under 5 ride fee on the LIRR. Remember, as in prior years, open alcoholic beverage containers will not be allowed on LIRR trains, platforms and at stations from 12 noon on New Year’s Eve through 12 noon on New Year’s Day. MTA Police will enforce this restriction. Check LIRR timetables dated December 15, 2014 or visit for exact train times before traveling.

Tis The Season for Slips
Don’t be the victim of a winter season accident.  Even if there’s no snow on the ground, dropping temperatures and a bit of moisture can turn paved surfaces as icy as a skating rink.  While the LIRR makes every effort to shovel, sand and salt platforms as soon as possible, there is always the chance of an errant slippery spot. Your best protection is to pay attention  (hold off on that text or phone call), be observant of your surroundings, especially on those icy days, and wear non-slip shoes or boots.  Your safety is important to us!

November OTP
Overall on-time-performance for October was 92.74%.

Monthly OTP
Babylon 89.0% 83.7% 93.6% 91.4% 90.4%
Far Rockaway 90.4% 95.3% 97.4% 96.3% 96.3%
Hicksville/Huntington 89.5% 88.7% 92.3% 91.5% 91.5%
Hempstead 94.7% 94.2% 96.7% 96.2% 94.7%
Long Beach 90.8% 93.8% 95.6% 94.7% 94.2%
Montauk 90.1% 87.3% 93.4% 92.4% 89.1%
Oyster Bay 94.0% 88.6% 94.7% 93.8% 91.6%
Port Jefferson 84.9% 87.2% 89.3% 88.4% 89.6%
Port Washington 91.2% 85.0% 95.3% 93.5% 94.1%
Greenport/Ronkonkoma 83.6% 91.1% 90.8% 89.8% 89.3%
West Hempstead 95.8% 88.6% 96.2% 94.9% 93.7%
TOTAL 89.6% 88.5% 94.1% 92.7% 92.1%


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