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LIRR Fall NYC Getaways Save You $!
Blood ManorTake the train to New York City’s number- one haunted house and save money.  When you enter the code LIRR for tickets to Blood Manor, you get a $6 discount on this first-class haunted attraction located downtown on 163 Varick Street.  It’s comprised of 5,000 square feet of themed rooms, corridors, and a labyrinth of passageways designed to maximize your fears.  This walk-through journey is intense, creepy and not recommended for children under 14. 
The LIRR is the best route to see the Marvel’s AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N.: The Exhibition at Discovery Times Square. The LIRR package includes up to 46% savings.  This exhibition is a completely interactive experience that brings visitors into the cinematic world of Marvel’s The Avengers. 
For further information on these and other Fall NYC Getaways please consult the LIRR website.

LIRR Provides Extra Service to Oyster Festival Weekend of October 18-19
Long Island’s largest street/waterfront fair takes place just “an oyster shell throw” away from the LIRR’s Oyster Bay Station on the weekend of October 18 and 19.   The oyster-eating contests are legendary, and there are 23 food vendors available to satisfy any craving. You can also visit the 150 arts and crafts booths, enjoy musical performances, and explore tall ships and other waterfront exhibits. The LIRR package includes a discounted round-trip ticket to/from Oyster Bay Station, vouchers for five free oysters on the half-shell for adults, and free admission to the Slide for children. Shuttle buses will also be available from the LIRR’s Syosset Station, making the Festival accessible from the east on the Port Jefferson Branch. Extra trains will be provided throughout the weekend. However, some regular weekend trains will operate on a revised schedule. Please pick up a copy of the special Oyster Bay Branch timetable or consult

Combating 'Slip/Slide' on the Rails
After the leaves turn their beautiful fall colors and drop from the trees, they often end up on our tracks and can have an impact on service. Crushed leaves, combined with light rain or morning dew, deposit pectin on the running rails, which causes slippery track conditions, similar to what winter motorists experience on icy roads. In these conditions, train wheels can lose traction, slip when accelerating and slide when braking, resulting in flattened wheels, bumpy rides and shorter trains when cars have to be removed from service for wheel repairs.
The LIRR is activating its annual “Fall Battle Plan” to combat slippery rail conditions. Our preparations include the use of sandite (a sand mixture) that is spread on the tracks at key locations; a special train that uses high-pressure water jets to scour pectin from tracks and switches; and a railbrush car that sweeps pectin off the tracks.  We’re also keeping computerized records of all the slippery spots reported by our crews in order to target problem areas.  Learn more about “slip-slide” at

Track Work Affects Babylon Branch Saturday October 18
Some Hempstead, Montauk and Oyster Bay Trains Also Affected

Fewer trains will operate on the Babylon Branch on Saturday, October 18, and buses will replace all trains between Jamaica and Freeport on Saturday night, while the LIRR performs a switch upgrade in the Rockville Centre area.  On Saturday, October 18, Babylon Branch trains will operate on adjusted schedules.  Eastbound trains will depart Penn Station 8 to 10 minutes later than usual. There will be no train service between Jamaica Station and Freeport starting at 7 PM Saturday evening through 12:30 AM Sunday morning.  Buses will replace trains in both directions. Please plan for up to 60 minutes additional travel time.  Some eastbound Hempstead, Montauk and Oyster Bay Branch trains will also operate on revised schedules this weekend.  Please pick up a copy of the special weekend timetable for your branch or consult

Hempstead, Montauk, Oyster Bay, Port Jefferson, & Ronkonkoma Branches Affected by Trackwork Weekend of October 25-26
Switch work in the Queens Village area will require changes to departure times for Hempstead, Montauk, Oyster Bay, Port Jefferson and Ronkonkoma Branch trains during the weekend of October 25-26.  Buses will replace westbound trains at Queens Village and Hollis stations for 12 hours on Saturday, October 25.
Weekend train service between Penn Station and Huntington will be reduced to hourly while track work is underway. Train service between Huntington and Port Jefferson will be reduced to every two hours.  This work will continue on select weekends throughout the fall.  Please pick up a copy of the special weekend timetable for your branch or consult

Port Washington Station Pedestrian Bridge Installation Parking Affected October 16-19
The LIRR will install a temporary extension to the Haven Avenue pedestrian overpass from Thursday October 16 - Sunday October 19.  The project will have no impact on train service but on October 16-17 a portion of the parking lot will be closed (12 spots will be affected). On October 18-19 the entire Haven Avenue lot will be closed to accommodate the heavy construction equipment necessary for the job.

Train Schedule Changes - Early November
On the Far Rockaway Branch, buses will replace trains between Valley Stream and Far Rockaway for ten hours on Sunday, November 9, as switch repairs are completed. Westbound customers will board buses at their stations and transfer to trains at Valley Stream to complete their trips. Eastbound customers will board buses at Valley Stream for transportation to stations Gibson through Far Rockaway.  Please plan for up to 47 minutes of additional travel time.
Track work on the Port Jefferson Branch between Hicksville and Syosset will take one main track out of service for the weekend of November 1-2 and on Saturday, November 8.  During these times train service to Huntington will be reduced to hourly; between Huntington and Port Jefferson, train service will be reduced to every two hours. 

We appreciate your patience as we work to complete these infrastructure improvements in the shortest timeframe possible.

August OTP
Overall on-time performance for August was 93.04%.

Monthly OTP
Babylon 94.5% 83.0% 94.2% 92.5% 93.3%
Far Rockaway 95.2% 91.5% 95.5% 95.1% 97.4%
Hicksville/Huntington 95.9% 84.0% 92.2% 91.7% 92.7%
Hempstead 97.6% 91.0% 96.1% 95.7% 97.4%
Long Beach 97.2% 89.6% 95.7% 95.1% 95.3%
Montauk 92.3% 86.4% 92.0% 91.4% 92.0%
Oyster Bay 95.9% 85.7% 96.4% 94.9% 92.7%
Port Jefferson 95.2% 83.7% 92.5% 91.7% 93.3%
Port Washington 89.2% 83.7% 93.0% 91.2% 94.2%
Ronkonkoma/Greenport 94.7% 89.9% 93.5% 93.1% 92.5%
West Hempstead 95.2% 84.9% 97.5% 94.6% 94.5%
TOTAL 94.5% 86.1% 94.1% 93.0% 94.0%


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