Kick Off the Holiday Shopping Season with the LIRR’s Extra Service Through Thanksgiving
It’s that time of year again, the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is upon us. The LIRR is your best way to ease those hassles, including grid lock alert days. Let us get you to the City and its holiday attractions and, of course, the great shopping. Additional trains will operate on Wednesday, November 27 and on Thanksgiving Day, November 28; and as an extra bonus, off-peak fares will be in effect for the entire four-day holiday weekend.
On black Friday, November 29, traditionally one of the busiest shopping days of the year, the LIRR will run a weekday train schedule with off-peak fares in effect all day—including the special Family Fare discount. Under the Family Fare program, up to four children, ages 5-11, can ride trains that day for the advance purchase fare of $1 each (one-way) when accompanied by a fare-paying parent or guardian. Weekly and monthly ticket holders just pay for the kids. Children under five ride free. Remember these travel tips:
- Buy your tickets before boarding.
- Use one of the LIRR’s extra trains. On Wednesday, November 27, eight extra trains depart Penn Station between 2:08 PM and 3:48 PM and one extra train to Montauk departs Penn Station at 4:06 PM for customers getting an early start to the weekend.
- On Thanksgiving Day, 17 extra trains are being added to the holiday schedule for those attending the Parade or visiting relatives—including six extra westbound and 11 extra eastbound trains.
- Be sober and responsible. Open alcoholic beverage containers will not be allowed on LIRR trains, platforms or at stations from 8 PM, Wednesday, November 27 through 5 AM, Thursday, November 28 (Thanksgiving Day). MTA Police will enforce this restriction.
The LIRR is taking part in the “Taste of North Fork” during Veteran’s Day Weekend (November 9-11). A free bus shuttle will connect with LIRR trains at North Fork stations and take visitors to various wineries and restaurants. For more info visit www.liwines.com. Remember there’s also the Riverhead Tanger Outlets for great holiday shopping and the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead, both located near LIRR service. And don’t forget to look for the LIRR table at the Tanger Outlets in Deer Park Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting on Saturday, November 23 from 3 PM to 6 PM. Tanger is near the Deer Park Station and our table will feature two of the world famous Radio City Rockettes along with a chance to win tickets for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
Take the LIRR to See The Rockettes® at Radio City and Save $
The LIRR is the way to go to the traditional New York City holiday season attractions like The Radio City Christmas Spectacular® starring the Rockettes® (November 8 - December 30) and “A Christmas Story, the Musical” (December 11-December 29) at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden. Mention Code LIRR when purchasing tickets for either of these great holiday shows and receive $10 off and a free LIRR round-trip ticket to select performances. For further information call 511 and say “LIRR” or visit our website.
Extra Year-End Weekend Holiday Service Added on Long Beach Branch
Due to customer demand, starting on the weekend of November 30 and continuing through the weekend of January 4, the LIRR will be adding additional service on the Long Beach Branch. Four additional trains will operate westbound between 9 AM and 1 PM and four additional eastbound trains will operate between 4 PM and 8 PM, providing Long Beach customers with half-hourly service during these peak weekend travel hours. Also, during the holidays, a train has been added between Penn Station and Huntington and one more train has been added between Penn Station and Babylon during the weekend overnight periods to accommodate customer requests.
November 11 Timetables Include Additional Service
A reminder: new timetables effective November 11 bring good news to many LIRR customers with additional train service. On the Port Washington Branch, just in time for holiday shopping, half-hourly weekend service returns. On the Ronkonkoma and Port Jefferson Branches there will be several additional PM trains. The new schedules also include additional service on many branches for the Thanksgiving holiday. Pick up your branch timetable, dated November 11-December 15, at your local stations or at all terminals. Enjoy!
Track Work Affects Babylon Branch Service Weekend of Nov. 16-17
A track work program on the Babylon Branch will affect train service during the weekend of November 16 and 17. One track will be out of service most of the time between Merrick and Babylon and train service on the branch will be reduced from half-hourly to hourly. On Saturday night and Sunday night from 9 PM to 1 AM, buses will replace trains while both tracks between Merrick and Babylon are out of service. Please pick up a special November 16-17 Babylon Branch timetable at your station or terminal for details.
Safeguard Your Pin
MTA Police are continuing an investigation into a possible scam involving credit and debit cards used on LIRR ticket vending machines (TVMs). So far, four arrests have been made. Protect against possible credit/debit card fraud when using TVMs by following these important tips to help safeguard your personal information:
- Beware of suspicious activity at or around the TVMs. Walk away from the machine if you notice someone watching you, or if you sense something suspicious.
- When entering your PIN number, stand close to the machine and block the keypad to prevent a person or camera from watching you.
- Never keep a written copy of your PIN in your wallet/purse.
- Review your account statements on a regular basis, checking for any unauthorized withdrawals and purchases.
For more tips on how to safeguard your personal information, see the Better Business Bureau website at www.bbb.org. Finally, if you feel your personal information has been compromised while using an MTA LIRR Ticket Vending Machine, contact MTA Police at 718-361-2201 immediately.
LIRRCC - Meet The Council
The Long Island Rail Road Commuter’s Council (LIRRCC) is the official customer advocacy organization for LIRR riders. There will be an opportunity for railroad customers to meet Council members at Penn Station from 4 PM - 7 PM on Wednesday, November 13 in the Main Gate area.
Overall on-time-performance for October was 95.0%.
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