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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.

Press Release
March 1, 2016
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Overnight Track Work Will Alter Service on Babylon, Far Rockaway and West Hempstead Branches Friday Night, March 4 & Weekend of March 5 & March 6

Service on the Long Island Rail Road’s Babylon, Far Rockaway and West Hempstead branches will be impacted by overnight track work beginning at 11 p.m. Friday, March 4 and ending at 5 a.m. on Saturday, March 6, and resuming again at 11 p.m. on Saturday until 5 a.m. Sunday, March 6

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.

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