Please Join Us...LIRR Expansion Project: Public Hearings
Six public hearings will be held this month to give the public a chance to comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Long Island Rail Road Expansion Project, a new proposal that will ensure Long Island's economic health for future generations by adding capacity to the Main Line, improving safety and train service reliability, plus more parking, station improvements and sound walls to reduce noise – with no residential property acquisitions. The project calls for construction of a third track along a 9.8-mile stretch of the Railroad's heavily-used Main Line corridor between Floral Park and Hicksville and the elimination of seven grade crossings along the route. LIRR customers and members of the public are invited to attend and participate in the sessions listed in the box to the right:
Registration will remain open until 15 minutes prior to the end of each hearing. Meetings will continue until all registered speakers have been heard. Shuttle buses to the hearing sites will be provided from Hicksville Station on January 17 and from Mineola Station on January 18 and 19. Comments can be submitted online, in person at the public hearings, at the Project Information Center (south platform – Mineola Station) or by mail until February 15, 2017 at 5 PM. All comments received during this period will be considered as part of the project studies. We welcome your input.To learn more,visit www.aModernLI.com. Comments? Email us at info@aModernLI.com.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Service
The LIRR will operate on a holiday schedule with extra trains added on Monday, January 16, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a federal holiday. We will add 32 extra trains to/from Penn Station on various branches to accommodate holiday travelers. Off-Peak fares will be in effect all day. Check branch timetables – dated December 12, 2016 to March 5, 2017 – or the LIRR’s website at www.mta.info/lirr for specific departure/arrival times.
Take the LIRR to the 2017 New York Boat Show and Save
Escape the post-holiday winter blues this month by planning your Long Island summer on the water. The LIRR is offering a NY Boat Show package that will get you to the nautical extravaganza with a savings of up to 35% off. The Progressive Insurance® New York Boat Show® is taking place January 25 – 29 at the Javits Center. This annual family-oriented exhibition brings lifelong boaters and enthusiastic dreamers the latest in luxury motor yachts, sport fishers, performance boats, watersport boats and thousands of new marine technologies and accessories. Come and “sea” for yourself! Visit LIRR’s NYC Getaways at www.mta.info/lirr/getaways for details on the 2017 NY Boat Show Package. Available at any LIRR ticket window or full-service Ticket Machine (gray, green or blue). Select “Getaways/Packages” on the first screen, then NYC Getaways, then New York Boat Show.
LIRR Commuter Council Needs You!
Help improve conditions for your fellow commuters. The Long Island Rail Road Commuter Council (LIRRCC) has two vacant seats representing Suffolk County and Brooklyn on the Council. The LIRRCC is the official rider advocacy organization for LIRR riders. Members of the LIRRCC 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, LIRRCC members engage with their fellow commuters, address riders’ issues with Railroad management, and advise the MTA and LIRR on various topics of interest to commuters. An LIRRCC representative sits on the MTA Board and participates in MTA Board committee and full Board meetings. Riders interested in serving on the Council should contact the LIRRCC Office at 212-878-7087 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shhhhh! Quiet Car® Courtesy Counts
The LIRR’s Quiet Car program includes all Peak single-level electric trains that operate to/from Penn Station and Atlantic Terminal during the rush hours. The westernmost car is the Quiet Car, which means that:
- During the AM Peak, the FIRST CAR of your train is the Quiet Car.
- During the PM Peak, the LAST CAR of your train is the Quiet Car.
- Not use cell phones.
- Disable sounds on all electronic devices.
- Speak in a subdued voice.
- Use headphones at a volume others cannot hear.
Take the LIRR to Exhibitionism - a Rolling Stones gallery exhibit, telling the story of one of the most influential rock ‘n’ roll bands in the world. Exhibitionism allows fans to experience their incredible journey, from their early days living together in a tiny flat to headlining the biggest stages in the world. The LIRR’s limited-time Rolling Stones package offers savings to the biggest exhibition about the Rolling Stones, and is available for purchase only through February 17, 2017. Visit LIRR’s NYC Getaways at www.mta.info/lirr/getaways for details on the Exhibitionism Package. Available at any LIRR ticket window or full-service Ticket Machine (gray, green or blue). Select “Getaways/Packages” on the first screen, then NYC Getaways, then Exhibitionism.
Safety Reminder: Proceed Cautiously to Avoid Falls
It’s slippery outside, so please be careful. Never run on the station platform to catch your train, especially when the temperature drops below freezing. Allow a few extra minutes to get to the station and park your car. We’ll do our best to de-ice and shovel our platforms when necessary, but please do your part by being extra cautious. Also, please watch your step on staircases and when entering and exiting trains. Your safety is important to us!
Overall on-time performance for December 2016 was 91.4%.
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