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New Ellison Avenue Bridge Opens in Westbury

A newly rebuilt bridge over MTA Long Island Rail Road tracks in Westbury is now open to the public. The LIRR's Ellison Avenue Bridge reopened to motor vehicle and pedestrian traffic on April 15. The reconstruction project got underway in March 2015, when the Railroad closed and later demolished the old bridge. The weekend demolition in May 2015 and installation of a major portion of the new bridge last October still make for good viewing on the MTA LIRR YouTube channel. With the bridge now back in service, two months of work remain, including installation of fencing, graffiti-proofing, grading, landscaping and utility connections. The road will remain open during this final phase of the project, but will require occasional sidewalk or shoulder closures and lane shifts. The original Ellison Avenue Bridge was a pedestrian overpass built by the LIRR in 1896, then rebuilt as a two-lane roadway with sidewalks in 1941. In recent years, the structure and roadway had deteriorated and the steel plates that covered the holes made for a bumpy ride. The replacement of this bridge was welcomed by members of the community, many of whom turned out for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Weekend Track Work Means Schedule Changes 4/30 & 5/1
Weekend train service on the Babylon Branch will be reduced from half-hourly to hourly and buses will replace West Hempstead Branch trains on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1 as concrete tie installation work continues between Valley Stream and Rockville Centre. Most westbound Long Beach Branch trains will depart up to 40 minutes later than usual. The work gets underway after 10 PM on Friday night and continues through 1:50 AM Monday morning. Schedule changes will also be in effect on the Far Rockaway, Hempstead, Montauk, Oyster Bay and Port Jefferson Branches. Plan for up to 40 minutes of additional travel time and look for special weekend timetables dated April 30 – May 1 for details.

Take the LIRR to Belmont Park
The Long Island Rail Road is the way to go for horse racing fans eager to cheer their favorites on to victory during Belmont Park’s Spring Meet, which starts on Friday, April 29. The LIRR will provide regular eastbound service to Belmont in time for the first race at 1 PM, and westbound service after the last race. Please note: there’s no racing on Mondays and Tuesdays. For train service details, pick up a copy of the LIRR’s Belmont Park timetable.

Greenport Weekend Service Restored
Starting Saturday and Sunday, April 30 and May 1, the LIRR will resume weekend/holiday service to/from Greenport. The extended seasonal service to the North Fork will continue through Thanksgiving weekend in November.

New Yorkers Keep New York Safe
A familiar MTA campaign has a new twist. The "If You See Something, Say Something" public safety campaign now incorporates real stories from real New Yorkers who have reported suspicious packages or activities. The campaign also adds a new slogan: "New Yorkers Keep New York Safe," and features MTA customers who describe experiences that prompted them to report suspicious packages or activities. “If you see something, you have to take it seriously. You have to say something,” says Gregg, an LIRR customer. “It’s part of what we owe each other as New Yorkers.” Customers are encouraged to use the hashtag #KeepNYSafe in social media posts. To see the television spots, link to the MTA’s YouTube channel.

Reservation Office Opens 5/2 for 2016 Hamptons Reserve Service
The LIRR’s Friday Cannonball express to the Hamptons and Montauk will begin its 2016 season on Friday, May 27 and the westbound Cannonball will make its first run on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30. Customers can start making seasonal reservations for Hamptons Reserve cars starting on Monday, May 2, when the reservation office opens. Seasonal reservations require purchasing seats for eight or more travel dates. All reservations are now via e-mail only. For more info, including pricing and reservation forms, visit http://web.mta.info/lirr/hamptons/reserveservice.htm

Wantagh Station Renovations to Begin in May

A new and improved Wantagh Station is on its way. The Wantagh Platform Replacement Project will include a new 12-car concrete platform, a new heated platform waiting room, replacement of the existing escalator and staircases, energy-efficient lighting, better signage and a new public address system. The addition of an elevator will make the station accessible to the mobility-impaired for the first time. Construction will begin next month, and will be divided into two phases to minimize the impact on train service. During Phase 1, the eastern half of the platform will be closed, along with the two staircases adjacent to Beech Street. The platform waiting room will also be closed. Customers will access the platform from the Wantagh Avenue staircases or the center staircase near the ticket office. Customers will board/exit trains as follows: Westbound customers must board or exit the train in the first six cars Eastbound customers must board or exit the train in the last six cars In addition, six parking spaces for people with disabilities have been relocated to the north side of the station, just east and west of the ticket office. For the duration of the project, there will be 18 fewer unrestricted parking spaces under the viaduct in order to accommodate the staging of construction materials and equipment. We look forward to completing this project in 2018.

Smoke-Free Zone
A reminder for smokers: all smoking is prohibited on LIRR property (inside and outside). This includes station platforms, waiting rooms and onboard trains. Please obey the law.

March OTP
Overall on-time performance for March 2016 was 95.2%.

Monthly OTP
BRANCH
AM
Peak
PM
Peak
Off-
Peak
Total
March
2016
Total
March
2015
Babylon 97.0% 92.1% 94.7% 94.7% 90.5%
Far Rockaway 96.0% 98.1% 97.8% 97.6% 95.1%
Hicksville/Huntington 96.0% 94.1% 93.4% 93.9% 87.1%
Hempstead 97.8% 97.6% 97.8% 97.7% 94.5%
Long Beach 97.1% 98.0% 96.8% 97.0% 93.5%
Montauk 85.9% 94.5% 94.4% 93.3% 89.5%
Oyster Bay 96.9% 90.6% 93.4% 93.6% 90.9%
Port Jefferson 91.3% 92.5% 86.5% 88.1% 85.0%
Port Washington 96.9% 94.7% 98.5% 97.7% 92.3%
Greenport/Ronkonkoma 91.8% 96.1% 93.2% 93.4% 83.2%
West Hempstead 97.4% 93.5% 99.0% 97.7% 95.5%
TOTAL 95.3% 94.6% 95.3% 95.2% 90.4%

 

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