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St. Patrick's Parades Extra Service
ShamrocksThe LIRR is adding service for the St. Patrick's Day Parades in the metro-area. On Saturday, March 17, the LIRR will provide nine extra westbound trains to Penn Station on the Babylon, Port Washington and Ronkonkoma Branches and 10 extra eastbound trains from Penn Station on the Babylon, Port Washington and Ronkonkoma Branches, to supplement regular weekend service. Family fares are in effect March 17, where up to four children (ages 5-11) can ride for the advance purchase fare of 75-cents each when accompanied by a fare-paying adult. Purchased on the train this fare is $1. And for travel within New York City on weekends CityTicket is $3.75. CityTicket is only valid on the day of purchase and must be purchased at ticket windows or ticket machines located in Manhattan, Brooklyn or Queens; it is not sold on-board trains. 

On Sunday, March 25, the LIRR will provide extra service for the Montauk St. Patrick's Day Parade.  The LIRR and MTA Police have been working closely with Montauk community leaders and parade organizers to ensure a "family friendly" event. In an effort to ease congestion at the parade starting
point near the LIRR station, the first train will arrive at 10:46 AM, after the parade has begun.  We will operate an additional westbound train on March 25, departing Montauk at 1:23 PM, in addition to three scheduled westbound trains at 3:33 PM, 5:32 PM and 7:33 PM. 

In order to maintain orderly travel for our customers on both March 17 and March 25, alcoholic beverages will not be allowed on trains, platforms and at stations. On March 17, alcoholic beverages will not be allowed on all trains, platforms and at stations all day March 17 through 4 AM, Sunday, March 18. All day March 25 alcoholic beverages will not be allowed on trains, platforms and at stations east of Babylon on the Montauk Branch. MTA Police will enforce the alcohol bans.


Getaway to the Javits Center
Don’t miss the 2012 New York International Auto Show (April 6 - 15) at the Javits Center, just a short walk from Penn Station. In addition to the hottest cars and trucks ever displayed under one roof, there will be more sneak peeks, more brand new '12 and '13 productions models, and more concept vehicles on display than ever before. The LIRR’s discount package saves you up to 30% and includes off-peak round-trip rail fare as well as admission to the Auto Show.

On March 17 & 18, the Nineteenth Original GLBT Expo takes place at the Javits Center. The Expo is the world’s oldest and largest business/entertainment/lifestyle event for the Gay Community. The LIRR’s discount package, provides savings of up to 30%, and includes off-peak round-trip rail fare and discounted admission to the GLBT Expo.


Parents: Talk to Your Kids About LIRR Safety
We ask parents to please take a momentand speak with your children, especially teenagers, about the dangers of being on or near LIRR tracks. A few moments of advice can go a long way…and even save a life. Many children are unaware that LIRR trains are deceptively quick and surprisingly quiet and can appear suddenly, without much warning. Our trains also may be traveling at high speeds. Young people need to be reminded that in areas where trains depend on third rail electric power, the third rail is always live, carrying 750 volts of electricity. Please make certain your child knows that the LIRR Right of Way is no place to just ‘hang out.’ It can be a deadly mistake.

At the LIRR, employees have an expression when working on or near the tracks: "Any time is train time." Simply stated, it means that if, as an employee, you’re authorized to be on or around the tracks, be alert and aware that at any time a train can be where you are with little advance notice. Scheduled and unscheduled LIRR trains operate around the clock, every day, on all branches. Our point here is that unauthorized people should not be on or around LIRR tracks anytime, anywhere, for any reason. It is illegal and also foolhardy. So please find a minute or two to speak with the young people you know about this important safety issue…the life you save could be that of someone dear to you.


Good Friday and Passover Extra Service
The LIRR will provide nine additional eastbound trains from Penn Station on Friday, April 6 between 2 PM and 4 PM for customers leaving early to observe
Good Friday and the first night of Passover. The extra trains will operate on the Babylon, Far Rockaway, Port Jefferson (to Huntington) and Port Washington branches. Check your branch timetable for exact departure times.


April Bridge Work Busing
Buses will replace trains on the Montauk Branch between Speonk and Montauk for three weeks in April while the LIRR upgrades three railroad bridges in the Hampton Bays area. During the weeks of April 10-13, April 17-20 and April 24-27, the single main track east of Speonk will be out of service each Tuesday morning through 2:30 AM Friday. Peak and off-peak customers going to/from stations east of Speonk will be provided with substitute bus service in order to complete their trips. Special timetables will be available in early April at stations or online.


Meet The Managers
Mark this date on your calendar: March 27, from 4 PM to 7 PM. That’s when we’ll have our first Meet the Managers event for 2012 at Penn Station. This time we’ll focus on the Port Washington Branch, along with Woodside, Forest Hills and Kew Gardens stations. Concerns? Questions? LIRR managers will be on hand to hear from you directly.


Batter Up!
NY MetsBefore long the “Boys of Summer” will be back in action at Citi Field and the LIRR is your best way to see the Mets this season.  Trains will begin making stops at the Mets-Willets Point Station on opening day, Thursday, April 5 as the Amazins’ take the field against the Braves. Game time is 1:10 PM. Remember, direct train service to the ballpark is available from Penn Station, Woodside, and all stations on the Port Washington Branch. The ride from Penn Station is just 19 minutes. For fans traveling from Long Island on other branches, fans can reach Citi Field by changing trains at Woodside. Check out our website for details.


January OTP
February was another very good month for the LIRR’s on-time performance (OTP). An overall 96.38% on time figure for last month is the best-ever for the month of February since 1979, when the current on-time performance system was introduced. The previous February OTP record was 95.7%, set in 2002.


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