New Schedule - September 13
The new schedules that will go into effect on Monday, September 13, 2010 implement the second phase of budget-related cuts in LIRR service that were approved by the MTA Board in March as part of the effort to close a $900 million MTA budget gap. Customers may find adjustments in the schedules due to these cuts and ongoing construction projects (Babylon, Montauk, Oyster Bay, Port Jefferson and Port Washington branches). All customers are strongly encouraged to take the time to closely review these new schedules when they become available online. The following branches will be impacted by reductions in service:
City Terminal Zone
Overnight service between Atlantic Terminal and Jamaica is eliminated. On weeknights, train service will be available to/from Brooklyn until midnight and will resume around 5:00 AM. On weekends, train service to/from Brooklyn will be available until midnight, and will resume at 5:49 AM.
Long Beach Branch
The 6:09 AM train to Atlantic Terminal is cancelled.
The 4:30 PM train from Hunterspoint Avenue to Montauk will only operate on Fridays from May to October. A stop at Amagansett has been added to the 4:06 PM train from Hunterspoint in order to close a gap in service.
Weekend and midday-weekday service is reduced from every half hour to hourly. Stops have been added to the remaining trains, in order to provide service to all stations each hour.
The 4:34 PM train from Atlantic Terminal to Ronkonkoma is cancelled. The 4:24 PM Penn Station to Ronkonkoma train will have an added stop at Jamaica and the 4:31 PM Penn Station to Huntington train will have added stops at New Hyde Park, Merillon Avenue, Mineola, Carle Place and Westbury to accommodate customers affected by this reduction in service. North Fork/Greenport - Weekend service will only be available from May to October.
West Hempstead Branch
Weekend service is eliminated. The 8:28 AM peak train to Atlantic Terminal has been cancelled and departure times of other AM peak trains have been altered to provide more evenly spaced morning service, with AM departures as follows: 5:37 AM, 6:53 AM, 7:36 AM, 8:07 AM, and 8:54 AM.
The "Jury Duty Special"
Suffolk County residents will soon be aided in doing their civic duty with an assist from the LIRR. Our Ronkonkoma Branch schedule has been revised in order to get Suffolk jurors to Riverhead before 9 AM every day the courts are in session. The train will head east from Deer Park at 7:54 AM, make local stops and then meet a free shuttle bus in Riverhead for transport to the courts. The process is reversed in the afternoon, with trains leaving Riverhead Station at 1:21 PM and 3:58 PM. More than 30,000 Suffolk County residents are summoned to serve on juries in Riverhead every year. Riverhead’s revitalized Main Street offers jurors a variety of lunchtime options.
Labor Day Getaway Service
Labor Day Weekend will feature traditional early afternoon getaway trains on Friday, September 3 and holiday service on Monday, September 6. The extra service will include three trains each for the Babylon and Port Jefferson branches and one train each for the Port Washington and Far Rockaway branches. Check your current schedules for details … or view your schedule on the Railroad’s website.
2010 U.S. Tennis Open
The 2010 U.S.Open Championship will start on Monday, August 30 and continue through Sunday, September 12. Once again, the Open is expected to attract more patrons (over 700,000!) than any other annually conducted sporting event in the world. So don’t double fault … mass transit is the most convenient and comfortable way to attend these matches, and the LIRR will be adding service to the Mets-Willets Point station to get tennis fans to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center for the best tennis ever played – with no traffic …no parking fees … and no hassles. Be sure to buy your tickets in advance. For more U.S. Tennis Open fare and schedule information, log onto our website or call 718-217-LIRR.
Take the Train to the Game…
Here’s a good deal … Giants and Jets fans can buy one ticket from an LIRR ticket machine or ticket office that will allow them to combine the services of the LIRR and New Jersey Transit trains to get to the Meadowlands … and some football! By coordinating their various services with those provided by New Jersey Transit, the MTA can offer you a round-trip ticket from Penn Station to the game that costs just $10.50! Get the details in our "Take the Train to the Game" brochure, which is available in Penn Station and other stations, as well as on our website.
Rosh Hashanah Service - September 8
Extra service will be provided for Rosh Hashanah, with eight additional eastbound trains from Penn Station on Wednesday afternoon, September 8. See your schedule for the details, which include three trains each on the Babylon and Port Jefferson branches, plus one each for the Port Washington and Far Rockaway branches.
Build A Better Burb
The Long Island Index is sponsoring the BUILD A BETTER BURB ideas competition. You can help plan for the future, by voting for the best new ideas. Go to the Build a Better Burb website… view the designs … and then cast your vote for the one that you think is the best idea for Long Island.
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