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 25:
The LIRR will offer additional eastbound afternoon service for those leaving early for the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Ten extra trains will depart Penn Station between 2:08 PM and 3:48 PM and there will be one extra Montauk train departing Penn Station at 4:06 PM.
Thursday November 26:
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 27:
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.
Last weekend trains to Greenport: That is, until spring. The Thanksgiving holiday weekend marks the end of seasonal Saturday/ Sunday train service between Ronkonkoma and Greenport. This seasonal weekend service will resume in May 2016.
Holiday Travel Tips:
- To save money, buy round-trip tickets before boarding at LIRR Ticket Machines or staffed Ticket Windows.
- Travel responsibly. Consumption of alcohol will not be allowed on LIRR trains, platforms or at stations from 8 PM, Wednesday, November 25 until 5 AM, Thursday, November 26 (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 16. 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 Elf at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, mention code LIRR and receive a discounted show ticket plus a free LIRR round-trip ticket to select performances (through January 3 for Radio City and December 27 for Elf). 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 mta.info/lirr/getaways
Time To Sign Up For Service Alerts
Although it’s been unusually mild for November, Old Man Winter can come out of hiding when you least expect it, so it’s best to be prepared. The LIRR’s storm strategy includes extensive preparation before, during and after snow and ice hits our area. This includes our employees spreading de-icer on platforms, turning on switch heaters, and readying our heavy-duty snow fighting equipment at critical sites. Our Public Information Office sends out real-time e-mail and text message alerts to tens of thousands of LIRR customers when delays occur. To sign up, visit mymtaalertscom. Or follow us on twitter at twitter.com/LIRR. More Weekend Trains to Long Beach, Babylon & Huntington Due to increased travel demand during the holiday season, the LIRR is adding extra trains on weekends between November 28 and January 3. On the Long Beach Branch, four additional westbound trains will depart Long Beach between 9 AM and 1 PM and four additional eastbound trains to Long Beach will leave Penn Station between 4 PM and 8 PM on weekends. On the Babylon Branch, an extra train will depart Penn Station at 1:13 AM on Saturday and Sunday mornings. In addition, a 2:44 AM train from Penn Station to Huntington is being added on weekends. See branch timetables dated November 16, 2015 or consult the LIRR website at mta.info.
East Side Access Breakthrough
A major milestone in construction was reached recently when the MTA held a “floor-breaking” ceremony in Grand Central Terminal’s Lower Level Dining Concourse. This marks the first step towards building the structural framework that will allow for the future construction of stairways and escalators that will connect Grand Central’s Lower Level to the 10-block long, 350,000-square-foot Long Island Rail Road concourse and eight-track train terminal being built underneath Grand Central. The west seating area in the Lower Dining Concourse is temporarily closed, although all the eateries will remain open during construction. The East Side Access megaproject is the largest transportation construction project underway in the United States –connecting the LIRR to Grand Central Terminal through newly-mined tunnels in Manhattan and Queens and existing tunnels under the East River. Other East Side Access-related work is underway and will become visible to commuters using Grand Central Terminal over the coming months and years as the project progresses. The East Side Access project will increase the LIRR’s capacity into Manhattan, and dramatically shorten travel time for Long Island and eastern Queens commuters traveling to the east side of Manhattan. It is projected to reduce crowding at Penn Station and nearby subway stations and provide easier access from East Midtown to JFK International Airport.
If You See Something, Say Something
The vigilance of all New Yorkers has kept MTA railroads, subways and buses safe. The LIRR thanks our passengers and reminds you to:
- Be alert to unattended packages.
- Be wary of suspicious behavior.
- Take notice of people in bulky or inappropriate clothing.
- Report exposed wiring or other irregularities.
- Report anyone tampering with surveillance cameras or entering unauthorized areas.
- Learn the basics of safe train evacuation at www.mta.info.
And remember, if you see something, say something. Alert a police officer, train crewmember, station personnel or call 888-NYC-SAFE (888-692-7233).
Safeguard Your Stuff
While enjoying the hubbub of the holiday season, don’t forget to keep an eye on your belongings. Electronic devices including cell phones, PDAs, tablets and laptop computers have become popular targets for thieves. Here are some tips from MTA Police:
- Never leave property unattended.
- Record model and serial numbers of laptops, PDAs, and cell phones, so if they are stolen, they’ll be easier to trace.
- Don’t put your home address on luggage tags on the outside of your briefcase.
- If you are a victim of a theft, announce it immediately so those around you know that there is a thief in the area.
- If you think your property has been stolen, notify MTA Police at 1-888-MTA- 911PD (1-888-682-9117) as soon as possible.
Courtesy Counts Reminder:
Please use overhead racks for luggage and packages, so other customers can find a seat.
Overall on-time-performance for October was 92.46%.
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