Take LIRR to Belmont to Watch California Chrome Rain or Shine
June 04th, 2014
With a fleet-footed fury named California Chrome the odds-on favorite to win the Belmont Stakes and thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown, MTA Long Island Rail Road is ready to go with the fastest and most convenient service to the big event this Saturday, June 7.
Leave the car at home. Why find yourself in stop and go traffic on the Cross Island Parkway, when the LIRRhas scheduled 18 extra trains for Stakes day? Sixteen of the trains provide an easy, one-seat ride from Penn Station to beautiful Belmont Park. The other two require a quick change at Jamaica Station for Belmont – just a 12-14 minute ride.
Customers nearer to Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn will find an additional 18 trains that can get them to the race track, again with a quick change at Jamaica. The Jamaica to Belmont connection is the also best route for the many Long Islanders heading to track from points east. The trip is even easier when special round-trip Belmont trains tickets are purchased in advance.
And when the big race is over, there is no need to rush to the exits. Stay late at Belmont to enjoy rest of the racing card as well as the post-race concert by the Desert Highway Band, an Eagles tribute group being staged by Belmont Park near the top of the stretch. Perhaps just as important, LIRRcustomers can avoid the long lines and significant wait from 15 minutes to 2 hours - expected when departing fans queue up to board westbound trains.
You can’t miss your train. The LIRRwill run trains back to Jamaica and Penn Station until 10 PM or later if necessary to ensure that every customer is safely on his or her way home.
For all the details on the LIRRservice for the Belmont Stakes go to: http://web.mta.info/lirr/getaways/belmontpark/BelmontStakes2014.pdf