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MTA Long Island Rail Road service will be modified starting Monday, January 8, as Amtrak, which owns and operates Penn Station, will be taking tracks out of service to perform the next phase of the critical repair work that commenced this summer. The resulting reduction in Penn Station capacity will impact trains between Monday, January 8 and Friday, May 25. Five morning rush-hour trains to Penn Station and three evening rush-hour trains from Penn Station will be diverted. In addition, two evening rush-hour trains will be combined with subsequent trains scheduled to depart within six to 11 minutes of the canceled train; the combined train will make stops at all affected stations. To reduce the impact of these changes, the LIRR is adding two morning trains and three afternoon/evening trains, and is adding cars to five trains to increase seating capacity. Please note that other rush-hour trains will have minor schedule alterations and/or changes to their stopping patterns.

Major service changes are listed below. Branch timetables dated Monday, January 8, will have full details.

Babylon Branch

Far Rockaway Branch

Hempstead Branch

Long Beach Branch

Port Jefferson Branch

Port Washington Branch

Ronkonkoma Branch


LIRR Adding Extra Train Service for the Holiday Season
Friday, December 22: 13 Extra Eastbound Trains to Jump-Start Your Christmas Weekend
The LIRR is unwrapping extra trains for customers seeking a head start on the Christmas weekend on Friday afternoon, December 22. The Railroad has scheduled 13 additional departures from Penn Station between 12:43 PM and 3:40 PM. There will be six extra trains to Babylon, three to Hicksville and Huntington, two additional Ronkonkoma Branch trains, and one each to Great Neck and Far Rockaway.

Christmas Weekend (Saturday, December 23 thru Monday, December 25)
The LIRR will be running on a Weekend/Holiday Schedule on Saturday, December 23 and Sunday, December 24 as well as on Monday, Christmas Day, December 25. Off-Peak fares will be in effect all three days.

Friday, December 29: 13 Extra Friday Eastbound Trains to Help You Welcome in the New Year’s Weekend
The LIRR has scheduled 13 extra afternoon eastbound trains from Penn Station between 12:43 PM and 3:40 PM. There will be six extra trains to Babylon, three to Hicksville and Huntington, two additional Ronkonkoma Branch trains, and one each to Great Neck and Far Rockaway.

Extra Service for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

Alcohol Ban
As in prior years, to maintain orderly travel, alcoholic beverages will not be allowed on LIRR trains and platforms and at stations from 12 noon on New Year’s Eve (Sunday, December 31) through 12 noon on New Year’s Day (January 1, 2018). The MTA Police will enforce this restriction.

For More Information
For train schedules and real-time train status, customers should download LIRR Train Time®, the Railroad’s official app available via the Apple Store for iOS devices or Google Play Store for Android, along with MTA eTix® – the LIRR’s mobile ticketing app. Customers can also sign up for LIRR Service Alerts via text or email by registering at Assistance is also available by calling the LIRR’s Customer Service Center at 511 or 718-217-LIRR/718-217-5477.

NYC Getaways
Don’t miss out on New York City’s newest holiday attractions this season – the LIRR is offering special deals that are sure to get you into the spirit. Check out our list of Broadway Shows and NYC Getaways Packages at and experience the reason New York is one of the top holiday destinations to visit in the world. Below are some of our favorites:

Buy the LIRR Package to NYC’s ‘Winter ONEderland’ and Save
Take the LIRR’s NYC Getaway package to One World Observatory’s “Winter ONEderland” exhibit, where Ollie the snow owl will take you on a magical journey across the greatest landmarks in the world, leading to the most iconic place of them all, New York City! LIRR package includes Round-Trip rail fare and admission to One World Observatory. Viewings will be scheduled upon arrival for the next available time slot. Blackout dates apply. See

Buy the LIRR Package to Ripley’s Time Square
No one does New Year’s Eve like New York City. Ripley’s Time Square is the only place in the world where you can touch and interact with the original Ball from the 2007 centennial countdown, as well as the iconic Waterford Crystal podium used from the 2002 through 2014 countdowns. Discount package includes Round-Trip rail plus admission! See

NHL Winter Classic at Citi Field
LIRR Port Washington Branch trains will stop at the Mets-Willets Point Station on New Year’s Day for the NHL Winter Classic on January 1. Departure times will be posted online about a week prior to the event. See

Safeguard Your Stuff
MTA Police are advising LIRR customers to protect against possible credit/debit card fraud when using Ticket Machines. Using common sense at the point of purchase can prevent major headaches down the road. For more tips on how to safeguard your personal information, link to or see the Better Business Bureau website at

Courtesy Counts
Taking the LIRR to do your holiday shopping? Make sure you store your packages securely in the overhead racks on our trains. Never place packages on the seat or in the aisle.

November OTP
Overall on-time performance for November 2017 was 91.6%.

Monthly OTP
Babylon 93.0% 89.5% 92.3% 92.0% 91.9%
Far Rockaway 93.9% 94.7% 96.5% 96.0% 96.3%
Hicksville/Huntington 90.8% 78.9% 88.7% 87.6% 88.8%
Hempstead 93.8% 91.0% 94.5% 94.0% 94.7%
Long Beach 96.0% 93.1% 95.3% 95.1% 94.6%
Montauk 81.0% 88.2% 90.0% 88.7% 90.0%
Oyster Bay 93.2% 81.0% 92.7% 91.2% 89.6%
Port Jefferson 89.3% 81.6% 88.7% 87.8% 89.3%
Port Washington 91.3% 94.2% 93.3% 93.2% 93.3%
Greenport/Ronkonkoma 89.4% 86.0% 87.8% 87.8% 87.5%
West Hempstead 91.4% 88.9% 97.3% 95.2% 96.1%
TOTAL 91.6% 88.5% 92.3% 91.6% 91.9%

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