New LIRR Timetables Start on Monday, May 22
New Long Island Rail Road timetables will go into effect on Monday, May 22 to accommodate summer travel demands as well as scheduled track and station upgrades needed to keep our rail system in a state of good repair. Please be sure to pick up a copy of the new timetable for your branch or visit www.mta.info/lirr.
Platform Replacement at Hicksville Requires Temporary Schedule Changes
The Hicksville Station Improvements Project advances to a new phase starting Monday, May 22, when Platform A (the north side platform) is taken out of service for demolition and replacement. That means Track 1 on the north side of the station will be out of service for the summer, with all trains arriving and departing from Platform B/Tracks 2 and 3 on the south side of the station. The loss of Track 1 will result in track changes and schedule adjustments to both Peak and Off-Peak trains serving Hicksville. The temporary changes to Peak service include:
- The 5:33 PM train from Penn Station, which normally terminates at Hicksville, will operate only as far as Westbury.
- The 6:01 PM train from Penn Station, which normally operates express to Hicksville, will terminate at Westbury. Customers for Hicksville will board a Ronkonkoma–bound train that will make added stops at Westbury and Hicksville.
- The 6:04 PM train from Atlantic Terminal to Ronkonkoma will have two added stops – Westbury at 6:43 PM and Hicksville at 6:47 PM.
- The 6:08 PM train from Hunterspoint Avenue will add a 6:46 PM stop at Westbury to pick up passengers, then continue east, making all local stops from Hicksville through Port Jefferson.
These and other changes are reflected in the new timetables dated May 22, 2017.
New Campaign to Help Pregnant, Disabled and Senior Riders Find a Seat
The MTA has launched a new awareness campaign to encourage customers to offer a seat for pregnant riders, seniors and those with a disability. The LIRR already provides “priority seating” on trains for disabled customers; while riders are required to relinquish seats in those areas under federal regulations and MTA rules of conduct, the new courtesy buttons can help riders better identify which customers need seats. The campaign also encourages customers, as a matter of courtesy, to give up any seat – not just those in reserved “priority” areas – to customers wearing an MTA-issued button. Customers can choose from a “Baby on Board” or “Please Offer Me a Seat” courtesy button. Anyone in the continental United States may request one button by filling out a form at mta.info/courtesy. Buttons will be mailed in approximately three weeks. There is no fee or documentation required. As with other “Courtesy Counts” messages (such as “Keep Your Feet Off the Seat” and “Don’t Block the Doors”), this awareness campaign will be self-enforced and not linked to any penalties. People wearing the buttons are encouraged to help spread awareness by posting selfies with the hashtags #BabyOnBoard and #CourtesyCounts.
Buses Replace Ronkonkoma Trains on Two Weekends in June
Switch installation and construction related to the Double Track Project means that buses will replace trains on a portion of the Ronkonkoma Branch over the weekends of June 3-4 and June 17-18. During the first weekend, Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4, buses will substitute for trains between Brentwood and Ronkonkoma. Then on Saturday, June 17 and Sunday, June 18, buses will replace trains between Central Islip and Ronkonkoma. On both weekends, six midday Ronkonkoma trains (3 eastbound and 3 westbound) will terminate or originate in Farmingdale. Look for special weekend timetables as the dates for these outages draw near.
Ride the LIRR to Forest Hills Stadium Concerts
The weekend of May 19-20 kicks off the summer concert season at historic Forest Hills Stadium and once again LIRR customers have a convenient way to the venue to see some of the summer’s hottest acts. The XX, the New York Pops, The Chainsmokers, Daryl Hall and John Oates and Dispatch are among the headliners. Go to www.foresthillstadium.com for the 2017 concert line-up and to order tickets. When ordering your concert tickets, use code FHS2017 for the Ride Free offer. Rail tickets are sent via U.S. Mail. Please allow a minimum of 5-7 business days prior to concert date for delivery. For details on train service go to www.mta.info/lirr/getaways/ForestHillsStadium. Remember – to exit trains at Forest Hills, customers must be in the first four cars.
Post Avenue Bridge Replacement
The LIRR’s Post Avenue Bridge in Westbury will be replaced this fall, but prep work has already begun. To support preparations for demolition and construction, the staircase adjacent to Post Avenue has been closed and 30 parking spots on the south side of the station are unavailable. The new Post Avenue Bridge, which will replace a 102-year-old span, will allow for increased vehicular clearance above the roadway, improving traffic safety and minimizing negative impacts on train service as a result of oversized trucks striking the bridge.
New ‘Fisherman’s Train’ to Greenport
On May 22, the LIRR introduces a new weekday morning train bound for the North Fork and timed with Long Island anglers in mind. The new “Fisherman’s Train” will depart Ronkonkoma at 3:49 AM and run non-stop to Greenport, arriving at 5:04 AM. The Fisherman’s Train is a special summer service enhancement, the result of ongoing discussions between the Railroad and East End communities about how best to improve train service in eastern Suffolk County, where the charter fishing season is well underway.
|Wanted: LIRR Customers Interested in Serving on the
Long Island Rail Road Commuter Council
Are you interested in improving conditions for your fellow commuters? Two positions, representing Brooklyn and Suffolk County, are available on the Long Island Rail Road Commuter Council. Members are regular LIRR riders appointed by the Governor upon the recommendation of County Executives and Borough Presidents in the LIRR service area. In addition to monthly meetings, the LIRRCC engages with its fellow commuters, addresses riders’ issues with Railroad management, and advises the MTA and LIRR. A non-voting LIRRCC representative sits on the MTA Board and participates in MTA Board committee and full Board meetings. Commuters interested in serving should contact the LIRRCC at 212-878-7087 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also reach the Council by mail at 2 Broadway, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10004.
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