Plan Your Winter Recess with LIRR and SAVE!
The kids are home and there is plenty to do during mid-year recess. Try an LIRR NYC Getaway and enjoy quality family time at a discount. The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is offering an exciting schedule for Kids Week 2014, February 15-23. The LIRR’s discount package includes off-peak round-trip rail fare and up to 36% savings on museum admission. Different themes are featured throughout the week. The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum features a range of interactive exhibits that make this former aircraft carrier a snapshot of heroism, education and excitement. From Penn Station, take the A, C, E or 1, 2, 3 subway to 42nd St., then walk or take the M-42 Bus to Hudson River (12th Ave). Walk north to the Intrepid. For more information, visit intrepidmuseum.org.
New LIRR Timetables Take Effect February 24 Includes Restored Babylon PM Peak Trains
New schedules in effect starting Monday, February 24 include restoration of some service that was discontinued or adjusted due to budget reductions in 2010. This change reflects the LIRR’s commitment to restore service based upon customer demand. The restored service will include:
- The 4:37 PM train from Penn Station to Babylon will revert to its former status as an express from Penn, first stop Rockville Centre, then all stops to Wantagh.
- The 4:39 PM train from Atlantic Terminal to Babylon will be restored to the schedule
- The 4:57 PM express train from Penn Station will be restored to the schedule, operating express from Penn to Merrick, then all stops to Wantagh
- The 5:03 PM train from Penn Station will continue to operate express to Rockville Centre, but will drop the stops at Merrick, Bellmore and Wantagh that were added in 2010 when the 4:57 PM train was discontinued
- In response to customer requests, the 7:13 AM train from Oyster Bay to Long Island City will have an added stop at Hunterspoint Avenue
As part of the LIRR’s continuing strengthening efforts following Superstorm Sandy, one of the two tracks between Valley Stream and Long Beach will be out of service on weekdays during the midday. To accommodate the work, eastbound midday Long Beach, Far Rockaway and Hempstead Branch trains will depart 30-36 minutes later. Also look for some minor midday schedule adjustments on the Babylon, Ronkonkoma and Port Jefferson (to Huntington) Branches. Buses will replace two midday trains between Riverhead and Greenport while new track ties are installed. For specific train times, please pick up a copy of the new February 24-May 18, 2014 timetable or consult mta.info/lirr.
Weekend Track Work
Concrete tie replacement east of Jamaica means that buses will replace westbound trains at the Queens Village and Hollis stations on Saturdays and Sundays for seven weekends starting February 29/March 1.We recommend that customers plan for 22 minutes of additional travel time. Eastbound weekend train service to Hollis and Queens Village will not be affected. On the weekend of March 15/16, there will be no train service for 30 hours between Farmingdale and Ronkonkoma because of a grade crossing modernization project at the Little East Neck Road crossing. Eastbound and westbound travelers will be accommodated by bus between Hicksville and Ronkonkoma that weekend. Please plan for up to 24 minutes of extra travel time.
Presidents' Day Schedule
The Long Island Rail Road will operate on a weekend schedule for Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 17, a federal holiday. One extra train will be provided, the 7:10 AM departure from Ronkonkoma making local stops to Hicksville, then Jamaica, Woodside and arriving at Penn Station at 8:28 AM. Selected trains will also have added cars. For further information consult mta.info.
West End Concourse Work Starts at Penn
Starting Tuesday, February 18, Penn Station customers using the West End Concourse (near Eighth Avenue) will have to detour as work begins on a new staircase. Customers will be re-directed down the ramp to a staircase leading to the subway. We apologize for the inconvenience, but ultimately, customers will benefit from improved access to the Eighth Avenue subway.
Download LIRR Train Time App for Smart Phones
“My heart is warm with the friends I make, And better friends I'll not be knowing, Yet there isn’t a train I wouldn’t take, No matter where it’s going.”
―Edna St. Vincent Millay
That quotation is a favorite of many rail fans and certainly one that evokes pleasant thoughts about travelling by train. But many LIRR customers prefer to know exactly where and when their train is going and for that reason, they’re using the LIRR’s new Train Time App on their smartphone. AppPicker.com reviewer Mark Bangs called it “the perfect companion for any of you who frequently use the MTA Long Island Rail Road.” He continued, “this is a very solid development with a host of great features beyond the basic train time schedules, so I would definitely recommend keeping it handy for when you next need to hop on a train.” Thanks, Mark. If you haven’t done so yet, you can check out LIRR Train Time at mta.info. Remember, it’s free.
Big Time Tennis at MSG; Take the LIRR & Save
Tennis returns to Madison Square Garden on March 3 and the LIRR is the way to get courtside and save. The BNP Paribas Showdown at the Garden includes the long-awaited match between Olympic Gold Medalist and 2013 Wimbledon Champ Andy Murray versus six-time Grand Slam Champion Novak Djokovic. The evening begins with a classic doubles match pitting the Bryan Brothers against tennis legends John and Patrick McEnroe. The LIRR package includes free round-trip off-peak train tickets and 10% off tennis tickets. For tickets visit thegarden.com/lirr and use code LIRR.
After a long day at work, it feels good to put your feet up and relax. But please, wait until you get home. That empty seat across from you may be a tempting target for your feet, but another paying customer may want to sit there. Besides, putting your feet on the seat can leave a real mess behind, especially at this time of year when shoes and boots are dripping with a messy mix of snow, ice and salt. We thank you for being considerate and keeping your feet on the floor.
Overall on-time performance for January was 87.90%.
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