LIRR Increases Service and Adds Cars to 6 Trains
Includes Restoration of West Hempstead Weekend Trains and Extra East End Service
The Long Island Rail Road will introduce a number of service enhancements this year and in 2015 in response to customer requests and continuing ridership growth.
Starting November 22, weekend service will return to the West Hempstead Branch for the first time in four years. As in the past, trains will operate every two hours between West Hempstead and Penn Station and Atlantic Terminal, with connecting service at Valley Stream and Jamaica. Two seasonal Saturday/Sunday trains on the Montauk Branch will be extended to run for ten extra weekends through Thanksgiving Weekend. Then in 2015, these Montauk trains will be added to the schedule in May. Beginning this November, two cars will be added to six peak period trains on the Babylon, Hempstead, Port Jefferson (to Huntington), Port Washington and Ronkonkoma Branches to provide additional seats.
The trains are: 6:03 AM from Babylon to NY; 8:35 AM from Babylon to NY; 7:36 AM from Hempstead to Atlantic Terminal; 5:46 PM from NY to Huntington; 7:01 PM from NY to Port Washington and 7:58 AM from Bethpage to NY. Beginning in September 2015, extra summer weekend service between Babylon and Patchogue will be extended year-round. In addition, starting in September 2015, two trains, one in the morning and one in the evening, will be added to the weekend schedule on the Oyster Bay Branch. For further details on the new service investments, customers can consult the LIRR website.
LIRR US Tennis Open Service A Grand Slam for Customers
It’s that time of year again for local tennis fans. The U.S. Open takes place at Flushing Meadows and the LIRR is the no-hassle, easy way to get to all of the action at Arthur Ashe and Louis Armstrong Stadiums. Eastbound and westbound Port Washington Branch trains will be making extra stops at the Mets-Willets Point Station (just a drop shot away from the tennis action) for the Qualifying Rounds (August 19-22), the Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day (August 23) and the U.S. Open (August 25 - September 8). Customers traveling to the U.S. Open from branches other than Port Washington can take the LIRR to Woodside, then transfer to a Port Washington-bound train. Customers transferring at Woodside should tell the conductor about their travel plans. For further information, customers can consult the special LIRR U.S. Open Tennis Timetables, August 19 - September 8, 2014 or check the LIRR website.
New LIRR Timetables In Effect September 2
Beginning Tuesday, September 2, new LIRR schedules will be in effect. The new timetables will include schedule revisions due to various construction and track work projects. One of two tracks between Valley Stream and Rockville Centre will be out of service on weeknights for a track-surfacing project.
As a result, twenty-two overnight trains on the Babylon, Far Rockaway and Hempstead Branches will depart between six minutes and eleven minutes later. Buses will replace midday trains between Ronkonkoma and Greenport on weekdays to accommodate grade crossing modernization work. Copies of the new timetables, dated September 2 - November 16, 2014 will be available at stations and terminals.
Railroad Festival August 23 & 24
Railroad historians will tell you that the LIRR has been around for a long time. In fact, on April 24, 2014, the LIRR celebrated its 180th anniversary. Railroad history will be on display on the weekend of August 23 and 24 at the Riverhead Railroad Festival sponsored by The Railroad Museum of Long Island, at 416 Griffing Avenue in Riverhead. The festival features exhibits of historic passenger train cars and locomotives, model train layouts and a chance to ride the historic 1964 - 1965 World’s Fair train. Also, you can ride the LIRR scoot (train fare is charged) from Riverhead to Greenport, where more railroad exhibits are on display. The Festival will run from 10 AM to 4 PM each day. Adult admission is $8, children $4 and children under 5 are admitted free. For details check the Railroad Museum of Long Island website at www.rmli.org.
West Hempstead Public Hearing
The LIRR will hold a public hearing on the plan to restore weekend service on the West Hempstead Branch. Customers are invited to attend the hearing, scheduled for Monday, September 15 from 5 PM - 8 PM at Malverne Village Hall, 99 Church Street, Malverne, NY. Registration for persons wishing to speak will open at 4:30 PM. To register to speak in advance, call 646-252-6777 or write to: LIRR Government & Community Affairs, Mail Code 1131, Jamaica Station, Jamaica, NY 11435
Labor Day Eve Extra Service
The LIRR will operate eight additional holiday eve trains on Friday, August 29, or customers leaving early for the Labor Day Holiday Weekend.
The additional eastbound trains will depart Penn Station between 2:08 PM and 3:48 PM and will operate on the Babylon, Far Rockaway, Port Jefferson, and Port Washington Branches. The Railroad will operate on a holiday schedule on Monday, September 1, Labor Day.
Mail&Ride Sweepstakes Winners
Congratulations to our latest Mail&Ride Sweepstakes winners:
- Jocelyn Huie of North Bellmore
- William Levine of Massapequa
All Mail&Ride customers are automatically entered each month in the sweepstakes. The lucky winners, chosen each month, pay nothing for their commutation ticket for a month of their choosing. Mail&Ride is the way more than 35,000 LIRR customers get their monthly commutation tickets conveniently and dependably delivered through the mail. Signing up is easy ... apply online at mailandride.com and if you choose an unlimited MetroCard option, you can save 2% on your LIRR fare.
Extra Service for Forest Hills Stadium Concerts
The LIRR will provide additional service to Forest Hills on Friday, September 19 for a concert by The Replacements and on Sunday, September 21 for the Phil Lesh & Friends concert. On September 19, select east- and westbound trains will make added stops before and after the concert. For the Phil Lesh & Friends concert on September 21, all east and westbound trains will stop at Forest Hills between 3:00 PM and 6:30 PM, and again between 9:30 PM and 12:30 AM. Port Washington Branch customers must change trains at Woodside for service to/from Forest Hills. To exit the train at Forest Hills, you MUST be in one of the first four cars. Take your LIRR ticket with you when exiting the train; it will be collected at Forest Hills Station.
Overall on-time performance for June was 93.42%.
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