You're invited...LIRR Expansion Project: Public Scoping Meetings
Six scoping meetings will be held this month to give the public a chance to weigh in on the LIRR Expansion Project, a new proposal to improve mass transit, reduce traffic congestion, and ensure Long Island's economic health for future generations. 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. Registration will remain open until 15 minutes prior to the end of each meeting. Meetings will continue until all registered speakers have been heard. Shuttle buses to the hearing sites will be provided from the Mineola Station on May 24 and from Hicksville Station on May 25. Comments can be submitted online, in person at the scoping meetings, at the Project Information Center (south platform — Mineola Station) or by mail until June 13, 2016 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.
New LIRR schedules effective Monday, May 23 include the start of our traditional summer service to the East End. We'll begin Memorial Day weekend with 10 extra trains from Penn Station on Friday, May 27. The extra trains will depart Penn between 1:49 PM and 3:48 PM on the Babylon, Far Rockaway, Port Jefferson, Ronkonkoma and Port Washington Branches. In addition, the 5:21 PM train from Ronkonkoma will be extended to Greenport on May 27 and other Fridays throughout the summer. Look for timetables dated May 23 to September 6, 2016 or consult the LIRR website.
Cannonball: Express Service to the Hamptons
Memorial Day weekend also means the return of the Cannonball, departing Penn Station on Fridays at 4:06 PM. Hamptons Reserve Service — on three cars of the Cannonball — offers the LIRR's only reserved seats (for an extra fee). The other cars are unreserved, which means customers can take advantage of this express service — 95 minutes nonstop from Penn to Westhampton — on a first-come, first-served basis. We advise customers to get to Penn early and buy tickets in advance to avoid lines on summer Friday afternoons.
New Summer Service
On summer Fridays starting May 27, we're adding a new train, the 8:38 PM departure from Greenport, making all stops to Ronkonkoma, then Jamaica for connections to points west. The 4 PM summer Sunday/holiday train from Montauk will continue on to Hunterspoint Avenue and LI City instead of terminating at Jamaica.
Sunny skies and warm temperatures offer the best conditions for state-of-good-repair trackwork projects. On the Long Beach Branch, five midday, weekday trains will depart 30 minutes earlier than usual to accommodate continuing recovery efforts from SuperStorm Sandy. Check the new timetables carefully for Off-Peak schedule changes on all branches.
Ride Free to Forest Hills Stadium Concerts
What do The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones have in common? They all graced the stage at Forest Hills Stadium. This year, Forest Hills Stadium, just steps away from the LIRR's Forest Hills station, is hosting more big-name entertainment, including Disclosure with Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Mobb Deep, Dusky and Justin Jay on June 18, and Chris Stapleton with Brandy Clark on July 23. Ride the LIRR for free to the show by using promo code FHS2016 when you buy your concert tickets. For more info and the 2016 concert line-up, go to www.mta.info/lirr/getaways.
New York Spectacular Starring The Radio City Rockettes™
Bring your family to Radio City Music Hall and give them a summer outing to remember! Use promo code LIRR when purchasing show tickets to save $10, plus get free LIRR Round-Trip tickets. Eight weeks only: June 15 to August 7. For more info, see www.mta.info/lirr/getaways.
Never walk, run or drive around lowered crossing gates. Remember, trains travel in both directions. While one train is stopped at a station, there may be an oncoming train on a second track. Please — don't risk it.
Overall on-time performance for April 2016 was 94.4%.
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