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Weekend Port Washington Service Affected by Bridge Project June 20-21
Port Washington Branch service will be reduced from half-hourly to hourly in both directions on the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, June 20 – 21, and buses/vans will replace trains between Port Washington and Great Neck while contractors demolish the 115-year-old Colonial Road Bridge. In addition, many trains will operate on opposite tracks and platforms over the weekend. Customers should plan for up to 30 minutes of extra travel time and pay careful attention to announcements and platform signs. The weekend work is part of the LIRR’s Colonial Road Improvement Project which kicked off in March when the bridge, located in the Village of Thomaston near Great Neck Station, was closed to vehicular traffic. Colonial Road will remain closed for about a year while the LIRR builds a new bridge, improves drainage at track level and extends an existing pocket track to enhance operational flexibility. For weekend departure times, pick up the special schedule dated June 20-21 or visit

Summer Kick-Off Event and Mail&Ride 40th Anniversary
Save a spot on your calendar to join us at Penn Station on Wednesday, June 24th as we celebrate Summer with a Kick-Off Event at the 34th Street Entrance Corridor. Stop by from 11 AM to 3 PM and learn how you can have fun this summer and save with LIRR Getaway packages to Splish Splash, Beaches, Fire Island, etc. You can meet Mr. Met, Shep Messing (former NY Cosmos legendary Goalkeeper), take a selfie with Madame Tussauds wax figure of Taylor Swift, enjoy refreshments, and win prizes. In addition, join in the festivities as we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Mail&Ride from 7 AM to 3 PM. If you’re not already one of the nearly 40,000 Mail&Ride subscribers, you can sign-up, enter a raffle to win prizes and join the ranks of LIRR customers who get their monthly tickets the convenient way by mail.

Weekend Changes for the Port Jeff Branch
Track work that began in May continues this month and in July along the Port Jefferson Branch. Concrete tie installation and switch surfacing work means that buses will replace trains between Huntington and Port Jefferson on the weekends of June 20-21, June 27-28, July 11-12 and July 18-19. See special timetables for details.

Forest Hills Concert Service
LIRR trains will make extra stops at the Forest Hills Station between 3:30 PM and 11:30 PM on Friday, June 19 for the Van Morrison Concert at Forest Hills Stadium. Good news for that “Brown Eyed Girl” and everyone else! Remember: when boarding and exiting trains at Forest Hills, you must be in one of the first four cars.

Hurricane Preparedness
Hurricane season (June 1 through November 30) brings high winds, heavy rains, and dangerous lightning which can result in flooding, mudslides, fallen trees, and downed power lines along our right-of-way.  We can’t stop the weather’s worst from happening, but we have several operating plans at the ready, depending on the weather’s impact.  As with “Irene” and “Superstorm Sandy,” we will take appropriate steps before, during and after a hurricane. That may include shutting down the railroad before a storm’s arrival. If conditions are severe enough, our only options may be to reduce or suspend train service temporarily. When the storm is over, we know you want us to return to regular service immediately, and we will do our best to recover quickly. Please keep in mind that sometimes getting back to normal takes time. We may need to repair our tracks, signal and power systems, or train cars due to storm damage. We may also need to reposition employees and equipment before restoring service. To help you prepare for hurricane season
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Ride Free and Save $5 on Tickets to Brick Fest Live at NYSCI
Save $5 on Tickets to Brick Fest Live at NYSCI Go to and use code LIRRBRICKFEST when checking out.
Get inspired, educated and entertained with LEGO bricks when Brick Fest Live comes to NYSCI in Queens June 20–28! Brick Fest Live gives LEGO fans of all ages the chance to play with huge attractions built to set one's imagination free. Check out the dedicated LEGO gaming area, Brick Fest Derby, LEGO Mini Golf, Inspiration Stations, shopping area, and much more.
Save $5 offer valid on visits to Brick Fest Live at NYSCI June 20-28 only.

Extra Independence Day Holiday Service
The LIRR will offer additional service for the Independence Day holiday weekend.  Starting on Thursday, July 2, ten extra afternoon trains depart from Penn Station between 1:40 PM and 3:48 PM for those getting an early start on the holiday weekend. There will be four additional trains on the Babylon Branch, three on the Port Jefferson Branch and one each on the Far Rockaway, Port Washington and Ronkonkoma Branches.  In addition, the following eastbound trains to the Hamptons and Montauk will operate on Thursday, July 2: The 1:49 PM train from Hunterspoint Avenue to Montauk;  The Cannonball, with Hamptons Reserve Service departing from Penn Station at 4:06 PM and the 5:10 PM train from Penn Station to Montauk.  On Friday, July 3, there’s a Montauk-bound train departing Penn Station at 9:22 AM.  In addition, check schedules for additional Greenport service on Saturday and Sunday, July 4 and July 5, for the Tall Ships Festival. For departure times, please consult the LIRR web site at or pick up a copy of the May 18-September 7 timetable for your branch.

Courtesy Counts
Reminder: Please keep your feet off the seat! Other passengers want a seat too, and they shouldn’t have to worry about soiling their clothes from the mud or dust your shoes/feet left behind.

June OTP
Overall on-time performance for June was 92.8%.  Branch OTP statistics are available on the LIRR website at

Monthly OTP
Babylon 94.6% 89.0% 93.2% 92.8% 92.3%
Far Rockaway 95.9% 94.4% 94.8% 94.9% 96.0%
Hicksville/Huntington 97.3% 89.3% 89.7% 90.7% 88.9%
Hempstead 98.6% 91.4% 93.5% 93.9% 95.0%
Long Beach 95.8% 94.2% 94.1% 94.4% 93.8%
Montauk 94.9% 91.3% 92.0% 92.3% 88.9%
Oyster Bay 98.7% 89.4% 95.0% 94.8% 93.3%
Port Jefferson 90.3% 88.3% 87.8% 88.4% 92.4%
Port Washington 97.2% 86.4% 93.4% 92.9% 94.7%
Ronkonkoma/Greenport 94.7% 93.8% 91.2% 92.2% 90.5%
West Hempstead 95.5% 90.2% 95.2% 94.4% 94.8%
TOTAL 95.7% 90.49% 92.7% 92.8% 92.6%


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