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LIRR Welcomes Islanders Hockey to Brooklyn with More Service
The LIRR is introducing enhanced service on game days to make New York Islanders games in Brooklyn easily accessible for fans on Long Island.
The new service includes:
Westbound: For weekend games, two extra trains will operate directly to Brooklyn, with no need to transfer/change trains at Jamaica. One extra train will depart from Farmingdale, making all stops to New Hyde Park, then Jamaica, then Atlantic Terminal; the other train will depart from Babylon, making all local stops through Rockville Centre, then Jamaica, then Atlantic Terminal. Departure times will be determined by the starttime of the game, but are scheduled to get you there in plenty of time to get to your seats – roughly 30-50 minutes before the puck drops. For instance, for a 7:00 PM game, the Babylon Branch train will depart Babylon at 4:53 PM, getting you to Atlantic Terminal at 6:10 PM. The Farmingdale train will depart at 5:34 PM, arriving at 6:32 PM. Westbound train times will be posted on our website as hockey season draws near.
Eastbound: For both weeknight and weekend games, two extra trains – one to Babylon and one to Farmingdale - will depart Atlantic Terminal 20 minutes after the conclusion of each Islanders home game.

New Timetables in Effect September 8
New LIRR schedules take effect right after Labor Day. Changes include an additional eastbound stop at Mineola for reverse-peak morning customers, as well as schedule adjustments to accommodate midday trackwork and construction projects. In response to customer requests, the 8:19 AM weekday train from Jamaica to Port Jefferson will have an added Mineola stop. On the Oyster Bay Branch two trains – one westbound and one eastbound – will be restored to Saturday/Sunday & holiday schedules. The westbound weekend train departs Oyster Bay at 7:19 AM, and the eastbound train to Oyster Bay leaves Jamaica at 1:46 AM. Track work will take place on the Babylon, Long Beach, Port Jefferson, and Port Washington Branches affecting midday weekday and weekend service. Next month, look for timetables dated September 8-November 15, 2015 or consult the LIRR website at

LI Wine Country Getaway
As fall approaches, the LIRR has a perfect getaway to the North Fork for the new season. On Saturdays, September 12 and October 24, the LIRR’s LI Wine Country Getaway begins at Duck Walk Vineyards in Cutchogue where you can enjoy the beautiful scenery as you sip four varieties of wine. The next stop is the seaport Village of Greenport where you’ll be able to buy lunch and browse a variety of shops. The final stop is the North Shore’s Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard. The package includes discounted round-trip rail and bus transportation, wine tasting at Duck Walk Vineyards and Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard. Buy LIRR package tickets at Gray, Green or Blue Ticket Machines. For more information on this and other LIRR One-Day Getaways, check out Deals & Getaways.

Port Jefferson Trackwork August 29-30
Weekend track work on Saturday and Sunday, August 29 and 30, means buses will replace trains between Port Jefferson and Huntington for a portion of each day. From 12:30 AM to 1:00 PM on both Saturday and Sunday, eastbound and westbound customers traveling between Huntington and Port Jefferson will board buses to complete their trips. Pick up a copy of the special weekend timetable or download it here and plan for 25 minutes of extra travel time.

New Parking Facility Opens at Wyandanch LIRR Station
A five-story 920-space parking facility has opened at the LIRR’s Wyandanch Station. The new facility was designed to complement the Town of Babylon's Wyandanch Rising initiative. Amenities include:

Parking at the facility is free during the month of August. Beginning September 1, the following fee structure will take effect: $3 for short term parking up to six hours; $5 for daily parking up to 20 hours; $10 for 24-hour parking up to 10-day maximum; and a $70 monthly parking permit which offers customers a 35% discount to the daily fee. For more info, see

Take the LIRR to the US Open
Port Washington Branch trains are making extra stops at Mets-Willets Point for all of this year’s U.S. Open Tennis action, including the Qualifying Rounds (August 25 - 28), Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day (Saturday, August 29) and the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament (August 30 - September 13). Customers traveling to the U.S. Open from eastern Long Island should take the LIRR to Woodside, then transfer to an eastbound Port Washington train and ride one stop to Mets-Willets Point. Customers must hold onto their LIRR ticket and have it ready for presentation/collection upon exiting the train at Mets-Willets Point station. Download special timetables here.

Extra Labor Day Weekend Eve Service
For customers getting an early start on Labor Day weekend, the LIRR will be operating ten extra trains on Friday, September 4. The additional service will operate from Penn Station between 1:40 PM and 3:48 PM on the Babylon, Far Rockaway, Port Jefferson, Port Washington and Ronkonkoma branches.

Safety Corner
Keep Train Aisles and Doorways Free of Obstructions; Place Luggage under Seats or in Overhead Racks
Help ensure a safe and comfortable ride by stowing all items in overhead racks, underneath train seats or on your lap. Luggage must NOT block train aisles or doors, and it should never be placed on seats.

July OTP
Overall on-time performance was 91.22%. Branch OTP statistics are available on the LIRR website at

Monthly OTP
Babylon 94.0% 87.7% 92.5% 92.0% 92.8%
Far Rockaway 93.7% 95.2% 96.1% 95.6% 97.3%
Hicksville/Huntington 93.0% 81.4% 89.3% 88.8% 92.6%
Hempstead 96.1% 88.9% 92.6% 92.6% 96.3%
Long Beach 96.7% 90.9% 91.5% 92.2% 94.2%
Montauk 94.1% 82.0% 83.5% 84.6% 86.5%
Oyster Bay 96.9% 84.1% 95.5% 94.1% 93.8%
Port Jefferson 91.8% 86.3% 90.1% 89.8% 90.5%
Port Washington 91.5% 86.3% 91.4% 90.7% 94.4%
Greenport/Ronkonkoma 89.9% 91.0% 89.9% 90.1% 93.3%
West Hempstead 95.7% 91.3% 96.0% 95.2% 95.8%
TOTAL 93.5% 87.6% 91.5% 91.2% 93.4%


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