Thanksgiving Holiday Service
The parade, the shows and the shopping – it’s that time of year again! The holidays are upon us and the LIRR is offering extra service to help you avoid traffic, tolls and the other headaches associated with driving.
Wednesday, November 23:
The LIRR will offer additional eastbound early-afternoon service for those leaving early for the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Eleven extra trains will depart Penn Station between 12:42 PM and 3:48 PM and there will be one extra train to Montauk departing Penn Station at 4:06 PM.
Thursday November 24:
On Thanksgiving Day, the LIRR will provide six extra westbound trains to Penn Station in the morning for those heading to Manhattan for the parade. Eleven extra eastbound trains will depart Penn Station immediately after the parade to whisk you home in time for dinner.
Friday, November 25:
The day after Thanksgiving, known as Black Friday, is one of the year’s biggest shopping days, and the LIRR will operate on a normal weekday schedule with Off-Peak fares in effect all day – including the special Family Fare discount. Under the Family Fare program, up to four children, ages 5-11, can ride trains at the deeply discounted price of $1 each way when accompanied by a fare-paying parent or guardian.
Holiday Travel Tips:
To save money, buy Round-Trip tickets before boarding at LIRR Ticket Machines, at staffed Ticket Windows, or via MTA eTix®, our mobile ticketing app.
- Travel responsibly. Consumption of alcohol will not be allowed on LIRR trains, platforms or at stations from 8 PM, Wednesday, November 23 until 5 AM, Thursday, November 24 (Thanksgiving Day). MTA Police will enforce this restriction.
- To avoid crowding, use one of the LIRR’s extra holiday trains. Extra trains are listed in the LIRR’s branch timetables dated November 14. Or visit www.mta.info/lirr
Take the LIRR to Holiday Shows in the City and Save
The LIRR is the way to go for two great holiday season shows in the City. When purchasing online tickets for select performances of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular Starring The Rockettes®, or Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, mention code LIRR and receive a discounted show ticket plus a free LIRR Round-Trip Off-Peak ticket (through December 8 for Rudolph and December 23 for Radio City). Show tickets must be purchased at least 10 days before the performance in order to receive free LIRR tickets by mail. For more information, call 511 and say “LIRR” or visit www.mta.info/lirr/getaways.
Long Beach, Babylon and Pt Jeff Branches Extra Weekend Service
Due to increased travel demand during the holiday season, on weekends between November 26 and January 1, service will be added on the Long Beach Branch. On Saturdays and Sundays, eight additional trains will operate westbound between 9 AM and 1 PM and eastbound between 4 PM and 8 PM, increasing service to half-hourly. There will also be two additional eastbound overnight trains, one each on the Babylon and Port Jefferson Branches (to Huntington) through the holiday pevriod. For details pick up a copy of the November 14, 2016 branch timetables at your station or at all terminals or consult www.mta.info/lirr.
Since the system-wide launch of the MTA eTix app, a Conductor requesting “Tickets, please” is letting you know that you should have your mobile ticket activated and ready for presentation. Train crewmembers need to check all tickets throughout the entire train while also ensuring safe operations. On most trains, they are required to check all tickets (paper & mobile) more than once. As a reminder, customers should activate eTix just BEFORE boarding the train.
Mobile tickets can be visually or electronically validated by train crewmembers. They may ask you to pull down on the tab so the dynamic barcode can be displayed. This bar code will also be used in the future to electronically validate tickets. You may encounter train crewmembers who are testing this functionality.
Public Hearings for Proposed Changes in Fares
The MTA is the engine that moves New York. Every day, more than 9 million trips are made on MTA subways, buses, commuter railroads, bridges, and tunnels. Fares and tolls are essential revenue that support the quality and quantity of service MTA provides and meet rising costs. For this reason, the MTA Financial Plan includes modest increases every two years. This proposal for fare and toll changes is the smallest increase since 2009 when MTA first began increasing fares and tolls on a regular schedule.
MTA’s focus on cost reduction and efficiencies has resulted in a proposed increase that is less than initially planned. For frequent railroad customers – monthly and weekly ticket holders – the proposed increase is capped at 3.75% and $15. The MTA Board is soliciting public comment on the fare proposals, which would take effect in March 2017. Hearings will be held at the locations and dates noted below. All hearings begin at 5 PM. Registration opens at 4 PM and closes at 8 PM. Each hearing will continue until all registered speakers have been heard.
- Queens - Monday 12/5/16, The Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center at York College, 94-95 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11451
- Long Island - Wednesday 12/7/16, Hilton Long Island, 598 Broad Hollow Road, Melville, NY 11747
- Manhattan – Thursday 12/8/16, Baruch College Performing Arts Center, Mason Hall, 17 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY (Enter on 23rd St.)
- Brooklyn - Monday 12/19/16, Walt Whitman Theater at Brooklyn College, 2900 Campus Road, Brooklyn, NY 11210
Additional ways to comment:
Comments can be submitted via e-mail at www.mta.info or by letter to:
MTA Government Affairs
2 Broadway, 20th floor
New York, NY 10004
Customers can also submit comments on video at the Hicksville and Ronkonkoma Stations. Dates and times are listed below:
Hicksville Station – Tuesday, 12/13/16, 6 AM – 10 AM
Ronkonkoma Station – Thursday, 12/15/16, 6 AM – 10 AM
Stay Safe on Escalators
- No distractions! Put away electronic devices and cell phones
- Be extra careful when taking that first step
- Don’t go against traffic – check the escalator direction
- Grasp the handrail
- Stand in the middle of the step and face forward
- Hold children firmly by the hand
- Keep hands, feet and clothing clear of moving parts
- Never set items on the steps or handrails
- Don’t take strollers or luggage on escalators – use an elevator or stairs instead
- Move clear of the exit area when stepping off
Overall on-time performance for October 2016 was 92.1%.
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