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Press Release
May 26, 2015
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Let LIRR Be Your Way to the Beach This Summer

After a long winter, summer is finally unofficially kicking off this Memorial Day weekend, and the Long Island Rail Road is offering special getaway packages to get you to 12 of Long Island’s sandy destinations. These special beach packages are available throughout the summer.

Press Release
May 22, 2015
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MTA LIRR Is the Best Way to Travel to Forest Hills Stadium for Summer Lineup of Pop Music Concerts

The iconic Forest Hills Stadium is back as a major music venue and the best way to get there is to hop aboard the Long Island Rail Road.

Press Release
May 20, 2015
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Long Island Rail Road Adding Extra Trains for Memorial Day Weekend

MTA Long Island Rail Road will provide ten additional early-afternoon train trains from Penn Station on Friday, May 22, for customers planning an early start to the Memorial Day Weekend. The LIRR will operate on a regular weekend schedule on Saturday and Sunday and on a holiday schedule on Memorial Day.

The following trains have been added to regular Friday afternoon schedule:

Ronkonkoma Branch

• 1:40 p.m. stopping at Woodside, Jamaica, Mineola, Hicksville, and then all stops to Ronkonkoma

Babylon Branch

Press Release
May 14, 2015
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40,000 LIRR Customers Face Delays over Weekend of May 16-17 as Railroad Demolishes Ellison Avenue Bridge

An estimated 40,000 Long Island Rail Road customers face significant delays over the weekend of Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17 when the Railroad suspends train service between Hicksville and Mineola during demolition of the Ellison Ave. Bridge in Westbury. Hockey fans planning to take the train to Madison Square Garden for the New York Rangers’ Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals against Tampa Bay at 1 p.m. on Saturday will need to plan their travels with this service disruption in mind.

Press Release
May 11, 2015
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MTA & LIRR to Help Long Island Small Businesses Pursue Millions in Contracts under 2015-2019 Capital Program

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is stepping up efforts to recruit and train small business owners on Long Island, especially those certified as New York State Minority, Women-owned and MTA-certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (MWDBE) to bid for billions of dollars in contracts that will be awarded under the transportation agency’s 2015-19 Capital Program.

Press Release
May 11, 2015
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New LIRR Train Schedules Start on Monday, May 18

The MTA Long Island Rail Road is introducing new system-wide timetables on Monday, May 18. The new train schedules, which will remain in effect until September 7, offer four significant service improvements and coincide with the annual introduction of seasonal summer services and the start of track work season throughout the railroad.

Service Improvements

Montauk Branch

Press Release
April 23, 2015
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LIRR Service to Belmont Park Starts Wed., April 29 as Thoroughbred Racing’s Spring Season Gets Underway

Thoroughbred racing returns to Belmont Park next Wednesday, April 29 as the racetrack’s spring meet gets underway and MTA Long Island Rail Road and the New York Racing Association (NYRA) again join together to provides daily train service for racing fans.

Press Release
April 8, 2015
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Buses Replace Mid-Day Montauk Branch Trains

For four days next week, the Long Island Rail Road will perform mid-day track inspections on the Montauk Branch. Crews will use an advanced Sperry rail car to search for metal fatigue and faults beneath the surface of the steel rails, and make repairs as needed.

As crews perform the work, buses will replace between two and three trains per day in each direction. Customers should plan to build in additional travel time as described below and in a special timetable.

Tuesday, April 14 – Babylon to Speonk

Press Release
April 3, 2015
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Reminder: Buses Replace Trains Babylon to Speonk for Trackwork on Four Weekends: Apr. 11-12, Apr. 18-19 & 25-26, May 2-3

Buses will replace train service on the Montauk Branch between Babylon and Speonk for track maintenance work on four upcoming weekends on the weekends of April 11-12, April 18-19, April 25-26 and May 2-3 from 1:36 a.m. on Saturday through 1:46 a.m. Monday morning. This information was originally announced on March 20.

Press Release
April 2, 2015
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Normal Service Expected for Evening Rush Hour on Ronkonkoma Branch as Signal Repairs Are Complete

The Long Island Rail Road expects to run trains on or close to schedule on the Ronkonkoma Branch east of Hicksville during Thursday evening’s rush hour following the completion of signal repairs and testing west of Wyandanch. Previously, there had been speed restrictions in the area causing delays of 15 - 25 minutes.

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