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Press Release
February 26, 2016
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New LIRR Train Schedules Go into Effect on Monday, March 7 with Some Off-Peak and Weekend Timetable Adjustments for Track Construction Projects

New Long Island Rail Road timetables will go into effect on Monday, March 7 running through Sunday, May 22 with the schedules of some off-peak and weekend trains adjusted for new and ongoing construction projects.

Babylon, Montauk, West Hempstead Branches

Press Release
February 22, 2016
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LIRR Has Best Mechanical Performance Record in its History

MTA Long Island Rail Road today announced that in 2015 its rail cars achieved their best mechanical reliability since record-keeping began in 1981. The achievement marked the railroad’s 16th consecutive year of improvement for rail car reliability.

Last year, LIRR rail cars traveled an average of 208,383 miles between breaking down and causing a delay. That’s enough to circle the earth more than eight times! The number bests last year’s by more than 2,000 miles, and it was 18% above railroad’s goal of 176,000 miles.

Press Release
January 27, 2016
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Buses Replace Trains between Great Neck & Port Washington for Sperry Rail Testing & Substation Cutover Saturday, Jan. 30 from 1:22 a.m. to 5:37 a.m.

Buses will replace train service on the Port Washington Branch between Great Neck and Port Washington on Saturday, January 30 from 1:22 a.m. to 5:37 a.m. for Sperry Rail Testing and the cutover to a new branch substation. 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 which are immediately replaced. The Sperry Car is used twice a year to inspect approximately 500 miles of LIRR track. The work will result in the following service changes.

Press Release
January 26, 2016
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LIRR Service Alert: Partial Service Expected to Resume at 7 a.m.

The Long Island Rail Road is advising customers that partial train service is now expected to resume at 7 a.m., two hours later than had been planned. As LIRR crews have been working throughout the night to restore service, switches and tracks that had been prepared for service have re-frozen due to unexpected low overnight temperatures. Service will be restored on the Port Washington, Oyster Bay, Port Jefferson, Ronkonkoma, Huntington, Babylon and Greenport Branches. Partial service will also be offered on the Montauk Branch as far as Speonk.

Press Release
January 25, 2016
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Long Island Rail Road System-Wide Service to Be Restored Tomorrow Morning

MTA Long Island Rail Road President Patrick A. Nowakowski announced this evening that the railroad will resume service system-wide for tomorrow morning’s rush hour after a concerted effort by thousands of LIRR and state workers cleared the five remaining branches left snow-bound by a weekend blizzard that hit especially hard in Nassau, Suffolk, Queens and Brooklyn. Trains will be running again on the Long Beach, Hempstead, Far Rockaway and West Hempstead branches as well as the Atlantic branch from Jamaica to Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn.

Press Release
January 25, 2016
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Long Island Rail Road Port Washington Service Restored

LIRR train service is restored on the Port Washington branch as of 2:46 p.m. today. Babylon, Ronkonkoma, and Huntington branches were restored this morning. Train service was also restored in diesel territory – Oyster Bay, Port Jefferson and Montauk branches, and between Greenport and Ronkonkoma.

LIRR Train service remains suspended on the Far Rockaway, Hempstead, Long Beach and West Hempstead branches due to the on-going effects of this weekend’s blizzard.

Press Release
January 12, 2016
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Long Island Rail Road Will Operate on Modified Holiday Schedule With 32 Extra Trains on Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday, Monday, January 18

MTA Long Island Rail Road will operate on a Holiday Schedule on Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday next Monday, January 18, with a total of 32 extra trains provided on its five busiest branches.

The LIRR will provide the extra trains over and above the regular holiday schedule to accommodate travelers on the Babylon, Montauk, Port Jefferson, Port Washington and Ronkonkoma branches.

Off peak fares apply all day.

Press Release
January 11, 2016
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LIRR Announces Passing of Charles W. Hoppe, Railroad’s 34th President

MTA Long Island Rail Road marks the passing on Dec. 22 of Charles W. Hoppe, who served as the LIRR’s 34th President, from April 2, 1990, to August 31, 1994. A memorial mass will be held at St Agnes Catholic Church in Arlington Va. on Friday, January 15, at 11 a.m.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the John W. Barriger III National Railroad Library.

Press Release
January 5, 2016
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LIRR to Undergo Major Improvements -- Expanding Along Main Line from Floral Park to Hicksville

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today unveiled the second signature proposal of his 2016 agenda: a comprehensive plan to transform and expand vital infrastructure downstate and make critical investments in the region. Most notably, the proposal includes a major expansion and improvement project for the Long Island Rail Road. The Governor outlined these initiatives at an event today in Nassau County, where he was joined by Long Island Association President Kevin Law, MTA Chairman Thomas F. Prendergast and LIRR President Patrick Nowakowski.

Press Release
December 22, 2015
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LIRR Adding Extra Trains New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day

The Long Island Rail Road is adding 13 trains to its eastbound afternoon schedule from Penn Station on New Year’s Eve, Thursday, December 31, to accommodate an expected large number of customers leaving work early to begin their holiday weekend. The additional service from Penn Station will be provided between 12:43 p.m. and 3:48 p.m. on the Ronkonkoma, Babylon, Port Jefferson, Port Washington and Far Rockaway Branches.

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