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LIRR to Add Cars to North Fork Trains; New Trains for Fire Island-Bound Customers Will Reduce Crowding on Hamptons Trains; Changes Will Improve Accessibility to East End Businesses and Boost Economy

More people than ever want to visit the beautiful East End of Long Island during summer weekends, and the Long Island Rail Road is adding train service to meet that demand and reduce crowding on trains. The improved, all-new service begins tomorrow, Friday, July 1, and runs every Friday through September 2.

Latest Exhibit Entitled Second Avenue Subway: Phase 2 and Beyond Also Debuts

The last day of June saw a couple of milestones at the Second Avenue Subway Community Information Center (CIC),. First, MTA Capital Construction unveiled its latest exhibit entitled Second Avenue Subway: Phase 2 and Beyond. The unveiling occurred right before the facility’s 20,000th visitor crossed the threshold on Thursday.

Plans Follow Last Week’s Announcement of Rebranding of Q70 Airport Bus Service

Two weeks after Governor Cuomo’s announcement that the current Q70 route serving LaGuardia Airport would be relaunched in September as a Select Bus Service – with a distinctive new look – the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced a new marketing campaign designed to raise awareness of the bus service that provides direct, non-stop service between LaGuardia Airport and two regional transit hubs in Queens that connect to five subway lines, Long Island Rail Road and seven bus lines.

LIRR Service Update

LIRR customers should expect eastbound cancellations and delays of up to 1 hour due to a truck striking an LIRR bridge west of Woodside. Customers for Far Rockaway, Long Beach and Hempstead Branches can take the 2/3 subway from 34th Street to Atlantic Terminal, where eastbound LIRR train service is available. NYC Transit is cross-honoring. NYC Transit is also honoring LIRR fares on the E subway train to Penn at Jamaica (Sutphin Blvd-Archer Av), Kew Gardens (Union Tpke) and Forest Hills (71st Av).

MTA Details Subway, Bus and Staten Island Railway Service

On Monday, July 4, subways will operate on a Saturday schedule. There will be no [5] train service in Brooklyn, and no [6][7] express service. [B] trains will not run, customers are encouraged to use the [A][C][D] and/or [Q] instead. [M] trains will not run between Delancey-Essex Sts and 71 Ave; [Q] service is suspended between 57 St-7Av and Ditmars Blvd; and [Z] service is suspended, take the [J] instead.

Lots of Extra Getaway Trains on Friday, July 1

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will offer extra railroad service on Friday, July 1, to allow customers to get a head start a long Fourth of July weekend. OnMonday, July 4, subways, buses and Metro-North will operate on a Saturday schedule. The Long Island Rail Road and the Staten Island Railway will operate on a Sunday schedule. More details are below.

Enhanced Service on Thursday Plus New Fire Island Ferry Connections

MTA Long Island Rail Road is helping customers enjoy their summer holiday weekend by providing 10 additional early getaway trains on Friday and enhanced service on Thursday for those looking to escape even earlier. And that’s not all – beginning this Friday, July 1, the LIRR is offering new Fire Island Ferry connections on top of the Railroad’s already enhanced summer Montauk Branch schedule. A regular weekend schedule will be in effect on Saturday, July 2, and Sunday, July 3 (see Montauk Branch details below). LIRR will operate on a Sunday schedule on Monday, July 4. Customers should also note there is a bicycle ban on Friday, July 1, Saturday, July 2, and Monday, July 4.

Railroad to Provide Enhanced Service for Long Holiday Weekend

Metro-North Railroad will have lots of extra service on Friday, July 1, to help those who want to get a jump start on the long weekend, with 17 extra "getaway" departures from Grand Central Terminal between 1 p.m. and 4:11 p.m. To allow for the service, certain departures from Grand Central Terminal later that evening will be combined or cancelled.

Meeting in Bushwick, Brooklyn will also Focus on M Line Repairs Slated for 2017

A fourth community meeting to discuss future reconstruction work on the L Line's Canarsie Tunnel will be held in July. The meeting, which will be held on Thursday, July 7 at 5:30 p.m. at Achievement First Bushwick Middle School at 1300 Greene Avenue in Brooklyn, will also focus heavily on repairs to the Line in Bushwick that are scheduled to be made prior to work on the tunnel. (Note: Achievement First is co-located with I.S. 383.)

The MTA’s Weekender: The Way Around Weekend Work for July 1 - July 5

The MTA’s Weekender: The Way Around Weekend Work for June 24 - June 27