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“Take the Train to the Game” The Basketball Event of the Year, February 13-15“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:

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:

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:

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 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:

Modified Schedules for Storm Recovery
Special storm recovery timetables have been posted on our website.

Suspending Service
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.

Restoring Service
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 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

December OTP
Overall on-time performance for December was 90.93%.

Monthly OTP
Babylon 87.8% 80.7% 92.9% 90.1% 92.4%
Far Rockaway 88.4% 90.4% 96.0% 94.4% 96.2%
Hicksville/Huntington 90.3% 79.9% 91.0% 89.4% 92.6%
Hempstead 95.5% 88.4% 96.3% 95.3% 96.3%
Long Beach 90.9% 90.1% 93.5% 92.7% 97.1%
Montauk 90.3% 86.0% 92.4% 91.3% 91.9%
Oyster Bay 89.0% 83.3% 95.2% 92.5% 93.4%
Port Jefferson 85.2% 81.2% 90.0% 88.0% 90.1%
Port Washington 89.7% 75.8% 91.2% 88.8% 94.4%
Ronkonkoma/Greenport 83.1% 85.5% 92.9% 90.1% 89.5%
West Hempstead 95.5% 73.5% 93.5% 90.1% 94.4%
TOTAL 88.9% 82.6% 93.0% 90.9% 93.4%


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