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Let’s Go to the Beach and Let the LIRR Take You There!
Long Island is home to miles of pristine beaches including Long Beach, Jones Beach and Fire Island.  And the Long Island Rail Road’s day-trip packages have all the ingredients for a truly unforgettable summer day filled with sun bathing, swimming, waterfront restaurants, fishing and more.  Here’s the low-down on these great LIRR beach destinations:

Long Beach: Only a short train ride from Penn Station, Brooklyn or Jamaica, Long Beach has the ambiance of a seaside resort. The package is $22 from New York and Brooklyn and $18.75 from Jamaica. It includes round-trip rail and bus transportation, admission to beach and participating vendors’ coupon.

Fire Island Beaches
Packages include rail transportation, ferry, and taxi fares; admission to Fire Island, Jones Beach, and Robert Moses Station Park is free.

Take the train to Bay Shore Station and board a David Brothers Taxi to the Fire Island Ferries. Your choice of the following Fire Island beaches:

Take the train to the Sayville Station and board a Colonial Taxi to the Sayville Ferry. Your choice of the following Fire Island beaches:

Take the train to Patchogue Station and board Lindy’s Taxi to the Davis Park Ferry, to Davis Park (no cab needed for Watch Hill).

Take the train to Freeport Station and walk downstairs for the N88 NICE bus to:

Take the train to Babylon Station and walk downstairs for the S-47 Suffolk Bus to:

So just pack a towel, grab your sunblock and enjoy a fun-filled day at the beach – without emptying your wallet. To find out more about LIRR Beach Getaways, see here.

Mail&Ride Sweepstakes Winners
Congratulations to our latest Mail&Ride Sweepstakes winners:

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 and if you choose an unlimited MetroCard option, you can save 2% on your LIRR fare.

Port Washington Station Overpass Work
Removal of the Haven Avenue (west) pedestrian overpass, which was closed for safety reasons in April, will take place on Saturday and Sunday, August 2 and August 3, at the Port Washington Station. In order to accommodate the crane and other equipment necessary to accomplish this work, the Haven Avenue parking lot will be closed for 48 hours from midnight, Friday, August 1 through midnight, Sunday, August 3. The remaining (eastern) pedestrian overpass will be temporarily extended to provide access to all platforms. That work is scheduled to be completed this September.

Massapequa Station Re-Hab Project Enters Next Phase
The Massapequa Station platform rehabilitation project enters phase 2 on Monday, August 25. That’s when customers will start using the rebuilt western half of the platform and its new waiting room.  At that time, the eastern half of the platform and the east station underpass will be closed as work on those areas progresses.  During phase 2 westbound customers will board the first six cars of trains and eastbound customers will board/exit the last six cars of trains. In September, the station elevator will be re-opened. When completed, this project funded through the MTA LIRR Capital Improvement Program, will include:

The escalator is expected to be re-opened upon completion of the work in the third quarter of 2015.

Extra Service to Forest Hills Stadium Concerts
The LIRR will provide additional service to the Forest Hills Station on Saturday, August 9 for the Modest Mouse concert and on Tuesday, August 19 for the Drake & Little Wayne concert. For concertgoers, all eastbound and westbound Main Line trains will make Forest Hills Station stops between 3:00 PM and 6:00 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.

June OTP
Overall on-time performance for June was 92.59%

Monthly OTP
Babylon 95.5% 89.7% 92.1% 92.3% 93.7%
Far Rockaway 92.2% 98.9% 96.2% 96.0% 97.5%
Hicksville/Huntington 94.6% 88.4% 87.9% 88.9% 92.0%
Hempstead 98.1% 96.8% 94.2% 95.0% 97.0%
Long Beach 95.6% 94.4% 93.4% 93.8% 96.1%
Montauk 96.4% 85.2% 88.3% 88.9% 88.4%
Oyster Bay 96.6% 90.5% 92.9% 93.3% 92.8%
Port Jefferson 94.6% 87.8% 92.9% 92.4% 89.7%
Port Washington 95.2% 93.2% 94.9% 94.7% 94.2%
Ronkonkoma/Greenport 96.0% 92.9% 88.7% 90.5% 92.7%
West Hempstead 96.2% 88.9% 96.2% 94.8% 97.0%
TOTAL 95.5% 91.6% 92.2% 92.6% 93.8%


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