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Weekend of May 16-17
NO Train Service Between Hicksville & Mineola
Special Schedules in Affect for ALL Branches

The LIRR is replacing the Ellison Avenue Bridge, which spans the LIRR’s Main Line tracks in the Village of Westbury. Demolition of the bridge will require a 48-hour suspension of train service between Hicksville and Mineola. Customers are strongly urged to avoid the Ronkonkoma and Port Jefferson Branches on Saturday and Sunday, May 16-17. Please use the Babylon, Far Rockaway, Hempstead, Long Beach, Montauk, Port Washington, Oyster Bay or West Hempstead Branches to avoid busing and delays this weekend. Please note that special weekend timetables will be in effect for ALL branches; please plan ahead and review the special schedules in advance as there will be revised departure, arrival and connection times for all trains.

Ronkonkoma Branch: Throughout most of the weekend, from 7 AM through midnight, Ronkonkoma through Farmingdale customers will travel to/from Penn Station on diverted trains traveling along a zig-zag route via the Babylon & Central branches. Bethpage customers will be provided with bus service. During the overnight hours between midnight and 7 AM, Ronkonkoma Branch trains will be bused between Mineola and Hicksville.Allow for extra travel time.

Port Jefferson Branch: Buses replace trains between Hicksville and Mineola for the entire weekend. Trains between Huntington and Port Jefferson will run every two hours instead of the usual 90-minute intervals. Service between Huntington and Penn Station will operate once per hour instead of the usual 30-minute intervals. Carle Place and Westbury will be served by buses only.

Mets Fans: If traveling to the Mets home games on May 16/17, use the Port Washington Branch for direct service. If traveling from eastern Long Island, please note that Ronkonkoma Branch trains will not stop at Woodside this weekend. After the game, those transferring to eastbound trains at Woodside must board in the first two cars only.


Cannonball “Steams” Out of Penn Station May 22
As Summer Season Gets Underway

The LIRR’s ever-popular Cannonball begins its season on Friday, May 22 when it departs Penn Station at 4:06 PM, making its first stop at Westhampton then at East End destinations to Montauk. Hamptons Reserve is the premium reserved seat service that also includes beverage and snack service. It’s provided on two bi-level coaches on the Cannonball. Return Hamptons Reserve service is available on Sunday evenings.

One convenient $49.25 ticket covers all costs for the eastbound trip on Friday, while Sunday’s return trip is priced at $41.50 Advance reservations are required. Seasonal reservations—a minimum of eight trips---can be made in advance by going to and downloading the reservation request form. E-mail the completed request form to (only email reservations are accepted). If you wish to speak to our reservationists call 511, say “LIRR,” “More Options,” then “Hamptons Reserve”. Weekly reservations are available starting on the Monday prior to the Friday and Sunday departures for that week.

Buses Replace Port Jeff Trains on Six Weekends in May, June, July
Spring and summer offer ideal weather conditions for state-of-good-repair trackwork, and this year is no exception. Beginning on the last weekend in May, concrete tie installation and switchsurfacing work will affect weekend service on the Port Jefferson Branch. Buses will replace trains between Huntington and Port Jefferson on the weekends of May 30-31, June 13-14, June 20-21, June 27-28, July 11-12 and July 18-19. Additionally, on the first two weekends, May 30-31 and June 13-14, switch surfacing will take place at Huntington, causing train service to be reduced from half-hourly to hourly between Hicksville and Huntington. Please plan for up to 30 minutes additional travel time.

Extra Memorial Day Service
The LIRR will help to kick off this first summer holiday weekend with ten additional trains from Penn Station on Friday, May 22. The trains will operate from Penn between 1:40 PM and 3:48 PM on the Babylon, Far Rockaway, Port Jefferson, Port Washington and Ronkonkoma Branches. There will also be a 1:43 PM train from Penn with Jamaica connections for East End service to Montauk (this train will operate on Fridays throughout the summer season).

Popular Courtesy Counts Campaign Now on LIRR
The MTA’s popular subway and buses “Courtesy Counts, Manners Make A Better Ride” poster campaign has come to the LIRR. The program highlights behaviors that are both encouraged and discouraged for the benefit of everyone. The messaging largely reflects complaints and suggestions from riders. The car cards will be placed where customers normally see advertisements inside train cars. The cards employ simple graphics to illustrate behavioral “do” and “don’t” scenarios.

Have Fun this Summer & Save with the LIRR
Wondering what to do for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend? Try one of the LIRR Getaway Packages. Whether you’re looking to travel east to Long Island or west to NYC we’ve got a discounted package for you–from beaches and Splish Splash to Coney Island Luna Park–there’s fun at every stop. Visit for details.

April OTP
Overall on-time performance for April was 93.89%.

Monthly OTP
Babylon 94.7% 90.9% 93.9% 93.6% 93.2%
Far Rockaway 95.0% 98.0% 98.5% 98.0% 96.1%
Hicksville/Huntington 91.8% 86.7% 91.7% 91.0% 90.7%
Hempstead 98.2% 93.9% 96.7% 96.6% 94.2%
Long Beach 94.7% 92.2% 95.0% 94.5% 94.7%
Montauk 94.9% 92.8% 95.0% 94.6% 93.6%
Oyster Bay 98.1% 88.6% 97.5% 96.3% 93.0%
Port Jefferson 93.2% 91.6% 92.1% 92.2% 87.7%
Port Washington 93.7% 88.0% 94.7% 93.6% 94.3%
Ronkonkoma/Greenport 87.1% 89.2% 91.7% 90.5% 92.5%
West Hempstead 96.4% 92.4% 98.0% 96.9% 96.1%
TOTAL 93.8% 90.8% 94.6% 93.9% 93.2%


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