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Press Release
October 9, 2015
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Take the LIRR to the 32nd Oyster Festival in Oyster Bay, L.I. on Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18

MTA Long Island Rail Road is offering extra train service and a specially-priced travel package for seafood lovers heading to the 32nd Annual Oyster Festival in historic Oyster Bay, L.I. on Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18. The festival is Long Island’s largest waterfront event and its oyster-eating and oyster shucking contests are legendary. Culinary pros and volunteer chefs work side by side, cooking and serving dozens of unique oyster and clam dishes as well as other seafood treats.

Press Release
September 28, 2015
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Buses Replace Trains on Port Jeff Branch for Sperry Rail Testing Tuesday Night, Oct. 6 & Wednesday Night, Oct. 7

Buses will replace trains on the Port Jefferson Branch between Huntington and Port Jefferson from 10:45 p.m. until 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 6 and Wednesday, October 7 while track inspections are performed using a specialized diagnostic car developed by Sperry Rail. The Sperry Rail Car is a bright yellow train fitted with ultrasonic and induction test equipment and 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.

Press Release
September 22, 2015
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Buses Replace Trains between Port Washington & Great Neck on Sat. Sept. 26 & Sun. Sept 27 for Colonial Road Bridge Construction

Bus service will replace trains between Port Washington and Great Neck this coming weekend from 12:04 a.m. Saturday, September 26 until 3:15 a.m. on Monday, September 28 as work resumes on the construction of the new Colonial Road Bridge near Great Neck Station. During that same period service on the Port Washington Branch will be reduced from half-hourly to hourly.

Press Release
September 21, 2015
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Man Charged with Reckless Driving After Drunken Joy Ride on LIRR Tracks in Queens Ends in a Fiery Crash

The MTA Police today announced the arrest of a 25 year-old Queens man who allegedly drove his car for a mile on the Long Island Rail Road tracks in Long Island City stopping only when his vehicle struck a third rail and burst into flames.

Ronny Mora of Corona was apparently drunk when he entered the LIRR right of way at the Borden Ave. railroad crossing shortly after 11 p.m. and then drove the car east, for about three quarters of a mile, past the LIRR’s Hunterspoint Ave. Station, according to police.

Press Release
September 21, 2015
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LIRR to Streamline Ticketing Procedures

The Long Island Rail Road wants customers to know that a number of changes to little-used ticketing procedures that have faded in popularity are taking effect at the beginning of October. Most of the changes were previously announced when they were approved by the MTA Board in July.

Press Release
September 17, 2015
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MTA Long Island Rail Road is Co-Sponsoring ‘Car Free Day’ on Long Island on Tuesday, September 22

MTA Long Island Rail Road is co-sponsoring the 3rd Annual Car Free Day Long Island on Tuesday, September 22, the day supporters hope thousands of Long Islanders who usually drive will leave their car at home and take the LIRR to work, school, or to run errands.

Sponsors of the Long Island effort, including the LIRR, will gather today until 4 p.m. for a rally at Farmingdale State College to encourage Nassau and Suffolk residents to participate.

Press Release
September 16, 2015
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LIRR Expects to Operate a Regular AM Rush Service Thursday, September, 17

The LIRR expects to operate a regular AM rush hour schedule of trains on Thursday, September 17 in the aftermath of the freight derailment in Hicksville.

LIRR crews – working around the clock since the New York & Atlantic Railway derailment Tuesday afternoon – have cleared both derailed freight cars that were blocking one of the two tracks that are shared by trains of the Ronkonkoma and Port Jefferson branches.

Press Release
September 16, 2015
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LIRR Advises Customers to Anticipate Delays & Cancellations During This Evening’s Rush Hour

LIRR customers are advised to anticipate delays and cancellations during tonight’s rush hour, Wednesday, September 16. The LIRR is continuing to operate on only one of two tracks between Westbury and Hicksville due to the New York & Atlantic Railway freight derailment west of Hicksville on Tuesday afternoon.

Similar to Tuesday evening’s rush hour, approximately one-third of the LIRR’s PM rush hour trains are being cancelled today.

Press Release
September 16, 2015
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LIRR Suspending Service Between Hicksville and Mineola Between 10:30 a.m. and Evening Rush Hour in Both Directions To Accelerate Freight Train Re-Railing and Track Repairs

LIRR personnel will be out in force at the site of yesterday’s freight train derailment between Hicksville and Westbury to re-rail the derailed freight cars and repair and rebuild sections of hundreds of feet of track that were damaged by the derailment. To accelerate their work, with a goal of restoring full train service for today’s evening rush hour, the LIRR is suspending train service in both directions between Hicksville and Mineola today starting at 10:30 a.m.

Press Release
September 16, 2015
IMMEDIATE
LIRR Advises Customers to Anticipate Delays & Cancelations During Today’s Morning Rush Hour

LIRR customers are advised to anticipate delays and cancellations during the morning rush hour today, Wednesday, September 16. The LIRR is continuing to operate on only one of two tracks between Westbury and Hicksville due to the New York & Atlantic Railway freight derailment west of Hicksville on Tuesday afternoon.

Similar to Tuesday evening’s rush hour, approximately one-third of the LIRR’s morning rush hour trains are being cancelled today.

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