MTA eTix® Now Available on All LIRR Branches
MTA eTix, the LIRR's new mobile ticketing app, is now available for use on ALL LIRR branches. Mobile ticketing lets you buy and use train tickets directly from your mobile device anytime, anywhere. Simply download the free MTA eTix app on iPhone or Android. Purchase your ticket in advance of travel. Then, ACTIVATE your ticket on the app JUST BEFORE you board the train so you can display it to the conductor. One-Way, Round-Trip, Ten-Trip, weekly and monthly tickets, along with CityTickets, are available for purchase via the app. For more info, visit ww.mta.info/eTix.
Friday Before Labor Day
For customers getting an early start on Labor Day weekend, the LIRR will be operating ten extra holiday eve trains on Friday, September 2. The additional trains will depart from Penn Station between 1:40 PM and 3:48 PM and will operate to Babylon, Far Rockaway, Great Neck, Huntington and Ronkonkoma. Montauk Branch customers should look for a special September 2 timetable that includes some new changes. In order to provide sufficient capacity for customers traveling to the Hamptons and Montauk, the following schedule adjustments will be in effect on Friday, September 2:
- The 8:52 AM train from Babylon to Montauk (connecting from the 7:49 AM train from Penn Station) will not stop at Bay Shore, Sayville or Patchogue. Alternate service will be provided 10 minutes earlier on a special train departing Jamaica at 8:04 AM (connecting from the 7:39 AM train from Penn Station).
- The 11:30 AM train from Jamaica to Montauk (connecting from the 11:05 AM train from Penn Station) will not stop at Bay Shore, Sayville or Patchogue. Alternate service will be provided 6 minutes earlier on a special train departing Penn Station at 10:59 AM, stopping at Jamaica and running express to Babylon, where customers will connect with a train to Bay Shore, Sayville or Patchogue departing Babylon at 12:02 PM.
- On September 2, the LIRR will offer an extra afternoon train to relieve congestion on the 1:47 PM train from Hunterspoint Avenue. The relief train will depart Jamaica at 3:18 PM and will run express from Jamaica, making stops at stations Westhampton through Montauk.
All of the changes will be contained in a special Montauk Branch Timetable, dated Friday, September 2, 2016 Only. Use this special timetable instead of your normal Montauk Branch Timetable for service that day.
Due to our limited diesel fleet, which is stretched beyond capacity due to high demand on summer Fridays, the 6:08 PM train from Hunterspoint Avenue to Port Jefferson will be canceled on Friday, September 2. Alternate service to Port Jefferson is available on the 5:47 PM and 6:30 PM trains from Hunterspoint Avenue. We regret the inconvenience this causes our Port Jefferson Branch customers, and appreciate your patience as we strive to meet the growing demand for East End rail service.
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New Timetables Take Effect September 6th
New LIRR schedules take effect on the day after Labor Day. On weekdays, trackwork on the Port Washington Branch will result in midday Off-Peak trains departing up to 7 minutes earlier than current times. In addition, trackwork requires slight adjustments to weekday Off-Peak departure/arrival times on the Long Beach and Ronkonkoma branches. On weekends, look for changes on the Huntington/Port Jefferson, Ronkonkoma and Montauk branches as work begins on the Hicksville Station Rehabilitation Project. See new timetables dated September 6-November 14, 2016 or consult the LIRR website at www.mta.info/lirr.
Summer/Fall, We’ve Got it All
No matter the season, there is a Long Island Getaway waiting for you. Last chance for summer – the beaches and Splish Splash are open through Labor Day. Fall is beautiful on LI! On September 10, don your cowboy or cowgirl finest and head on out to Spirit’s Promise Horse Rescue via LIRR to participate in all the inner workings of a horse ranch. Your day will include grooming, feeding and bringing the horses to/from pasture. For more info go to mta.info/lirr/getaways/.
Ronkonkoma Branch Weekend Work September 17-18 & 24-25
Work on the final phase of the Double Track Project (between Ronkonkoma & Farmingdale) is now underway and on schedule to be completed in 2018. To accommodate this work, as well as a switch replacement project in Bethpage, a reduced Saturday/Sunday schedule will be in effect on the Ronkonkoma Branch on the weekends of September 17-18 and 24-25. On the first weekend (Sept 17-18), some trains will be canceled, while departure times for other trains will change. On the second weekend (September 24-25), buses will replace trains between Hicksville and Ronkonkoma while Double Track construction between Farmingdale and Ronkonkoma is performed simultaneously. Allow extra travel time or consider using alternate branches. Special weekend timetables will be available.
Whether you’re going fishing or just taking an end-of-summer stroll, please remember: trespassing on train tracks and railroad bridges is not only illegal, it’s extremely dangerous. Trains are fast and quieter than you’d expect. Cross tracks only at designated grade crossings.
Keep the volume to yourself! When wearing headphones or earbuds, please make sure that whatever you’re listening to is not audible to others.
Overall on-time performance for July 2016 was 89.3%.
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