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Additional LIRR Service for Pope Francis' Visit to NY

Be Prepared for Street Closures & Entrance/Exit Closures at PennPope Francis in March 2013. Source: [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Pope Francis will arrive in New York on Thursday, September 24, and will have a full schedule of events across the city on Friday, September 25, including an evening Mass at Madison Square Garden. The LIRR plans to operate normal AM and PM Peak train service to/from Penn Station on Thursday and Friday, supplemented by some extra Off-Peak trains on Friday, September 25 (see below for details).

However, customers should keep the following factors in mind when planning their commute:

Map of Closures at Penn Station during the Papal Visit.


Extra Trains
The LIRR will operate eight extra westbound trains to Penn Station on Friday, including three leaving Babylon at 12:20 PM, 12:43 PM and 1:20 PM; two departing Huntington at 12:19 PM and 1:19 PM; one leaving Hicksville at 1:07 PM; and two departing Ronkonkoma at 12:40 PM and 1:40 PM. Extra eastbound trains will be on standby at Penn Station to carry travelers back to Long Island on Friday night at the conclusion of the Papal Mass. Customers taking the LIRR to papal events should buy Round-Trip train tickets and MetroCards in advance at outlying stations, allow extra travel time and expect some crowding.

Taxi Stand Relocated
The Taxi Stand on Seventh Avenue, in front of Madison Square Garden, will be relocated due to street closures.

Lost & Found Office
The LIRR’s Lost & Found Office in Penn Station will be closed on Friday, September 25.

Travel Tips

Prohibited Items
As a security precaution, the following items will not be allowed into Papal events in New York City. Surrendered items will not be returned, or available for pick-up. If traveling to/from Penn Station on Thursday or Friday, September 24-25, you can avoid inconvenience by leaving the following items at home:

Prior to the Pope’s visit, travelers are encouraged to check news and traffic reports, and sign up for text/email alerts about changing transit conditions.
You can sign up for LIRR alerts at

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