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Press Release
March 30, 2016
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The MTA Long Island Rail Road is the Best Way to Catch 2016 Mets Baseball!

Our National League champion New York Mets return to Citi Field on Friday, April 8 to play their 2016 home opener against the Philadelphia Phillies and MTA Long Island Rail Road is once again providing special train service to Mets-Willets Point Station and the ballpark.

Take the LIRR for direct service to Citi Field from Penn Station, Woodside, and all stations on the Port Washington Branch with trains stopping at Mets-Willets Point every 30 minutes before, during and after games.

Press Release
March 29, 2016
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Buses Replace Trains between Ronkonkoma & Hicksville on Saturday, April 9 & Sunday, April 10 for Double Track Project Construction

Ronkonkoma Branch customers planning to ride the Long Island Rail Road over the weekend of Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10, are advised to plan ahead and allow for extra travel time as bus service replaces trains service in both directions between Ronkonkoma and Hicksville.

The busing program will begin at 12:45 a.m. Saturday and continue all day Sunday through 12:45 a.m. on Monday, April 11 as the LIRR carries out Double Track construction work, a crossing renewal project and Sperry Rail testing during a 48-hour track outage.

Press Release
March 29, 2016
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Governor Cuomo Announces Contract Award for Environmental Consultant for LIRR Expansion Project

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the hiring of a consulting firm to assist in the environmental review and formal community engagement process for the LIRR Main Line Expansion Project, which calls for adding a third track along a critical 9.8-mile section of LIRR’s Main Line between Floral Park and Hicksville Stations.

Press Release
March 23, 2016
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Buses Replace Trains between Huntington and Port Jefferson for Sperry Rail Testing on Tuesday, April 5 & Wednesday, April 6 from 10:45 p.m. to 3:30 a.m.

Buses will replace trains between Huntington and Port Jefferson for Sperry Rail Testing on Tuesday, April 5 and Wednesday, April 6 between 10:45 p.m. and 3:30 a.m. The Sperry Rail Car, a bright yellow vehicle fitted with ultrasonic and induction test equipment, is designed to detect internal rail defects not readily visible to the eye. Defects that are found will be corrected immediately by a crew of LIRR track maintenance workers. The Sperry Rail Car is used twice a year to inspect approximately 500 miles of LIRR track.

Eastbound

Press Release
March 23, 2016
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LIRR Adding 10 Extra Eastbound Trains from Penn on Good Friday, March 25

The Long Island Rail Road will provide additional eastbound service on Friday, March 25 for customers leaving work early on Good Friday, the start of the Easter weekend.

The Railroad will operate a regular weekday schedule with 10 additional trains departing Penn Station between 1:49 p.m. and 3:48 p.m. There will be four additional trains on the Babylon Branch, three on the Port Jefferson Branch, one each on the Port Washington, Ronkonkoma and Far Rockaway branches. In addition, one other Port Jefferson train will make an extra stop at Jamaica

Press Release
March 22, 2016
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Buses Replace Trains between Ronkonkoma & Central Islip on Saturday, April 2 & Sunday, April 3 for Double Track Construction & Other Maintenance Projects

Buses will replace trains on the Long Island Rail Road’s Ronkonkoma Branch between Ronkonkoma and Central Islip over the weekend of Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3 for Double Track construction and other maintenance projects. The work will begin at 12:37 a.m. on Saturday and continue all day Sunday, wrapping up at 12:32 a.m. Monday, April 4.

Eastbound

Customers will take the train to Central Islip where they will board buses for Ronkonkoma with up to 23 minutes of additional travel time.

Westbound

Press Release
March 14, 2016
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MTA LIRR Schedules Extra Train Service on St. Patrick’s Day, Thursday, March 17

MTA Long Island Rail Road has scheduled 16 extra trains – six westbound morning trains and 10 eastbound afternoon trains to accommodate thousands of LIRR customers who will be traveling to and from the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Manhattan on Thursday, March 17. The additional trains will supplement the LIRR’s regular weekday schedule.

No Alcoholic Beverages Allowed

Press Release
March 11, 2016
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LIRR Mail&Ride Customers Don’t Need a Checkbook Anymore

The Long Island Rail Road’s popular Mail&Ride program just got easier for the thousands of customers who put pre-tax savings toward the cost of their monthly ticket. They no longer have to pay their balance by check.

For the first time, the LIRR’s Mail&Ride web page www.mailandride.com is accepting payment transactions from commuters who want to use a personal credit card after paying the initial installment with pre-tax debit card from their company’s Transit Benefit Program.

Press Release
March 8, 2016
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Governor Cuomo Announces Zero Residential Property Acquisitions Needed for Long Island Third Track Project

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that his proposal to significantly expand the Long Island Rail Road by adding a third track along the Main Line will not require any residential property acquisitions. Initially, the LIRR anticipated acquiring portions of up to 20 residential properties to construct the expansion, but at the Governor’s direction the preliminary plan has been revised to ensure that the addition of a third track occurs entirely within the existing right of way, eliminating the need to acquire any residential properties.

Press Release
March 4, 2016
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Revised Schedules for Babylon, Far Rockaway, Hempstead, Montauk, Oyster Bay, Port Jefferson and West Hempstead Branches Over Consecutive Weekends of March 11-12 and March 19-20

Train schedules on the Babylon, Far Rockaway, Montauk, Hempstead, West Hempstead and Huntington branches for the weekends of March 11-12 and March 19-20 are being adjusted to allow the Long Island Rail Road to carry out an important infrastructure upgrade – the installation of new concrete railroad ties along a 7-mile stretch between Rockville Centre and Valley Stream.

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