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LIRR Adding Extra Trains New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day

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The LIRR will provide extra trains for the New Year's holiday including 11 additional early-afternoon eastbound trains from Penn Station and 20 added late-afternoon/early-evening westbound trains into Penn Station and Atlantic Terminal on New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, December 31.  On New Year’s Day, Wednesday, January 1, the LIRR will be running on a holiday schedule with 18 additional early-morning eastbound trains departing Penn Station and Atlantic Terminal between 12:35 AM and 4:19 AM.  All added service for the New Year’s holiday is available in the current timetables dated December 16, 2013-February 23, 2014.

Extra Trains Following Billy Joel Concert Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve:
The LIRR will add four extra trains from Brooklyn's Atlantic Terminal to accommodate fans leaving the Billy Joel concert at Barclay’s. There will be two Babylon trains, one Ronkonkoma train and one Huntington train. The first train will depart 20 minutes after the concert ends. Departure times for the remaining trains will be staggered. Customers are advised that there may not be direct connections in Jamaica to other branches for the extra Babylon, Huntington and Ronkonkoma trains.

Alcohol Ban 
As in prior years, to maintain orderly travel, alcoholic beverages will not be allowed on LIRR trains and platforms and at stations from 12 Noon on New Year’s Eve (Tuesday, December 31) through 12 noon on New Year’s Day (January 1, 2014). The MTA Police will enforce this restriction.

New Year’s Eve – December 31

Early-afternoon Eastbound Trains from Penn Station Dec. 31:
The LIRR will operate 11 extra, eastbound trains from Penn Station on Tuesday, December 31 between 12:46PM and 3:48 PM, for customers leaving work early for the start of the New Year’s holiday.  The added trains are:

Babylon Branch:

·         1:28 PM from Penn Station traveling express to Rockville Centre and then local to Babylon

·         1:53 PM from Penn Station stopping at Jamaica, Rockville Centre, then traveling local to Babylon.

·         2:22 PM from Penn Station traveling express to Rockville Centre and then local to Babylon

·         2:32 PM from Penn Station traveling express to Lynbrook and then local to Babylon

·         3:00 PM from Penn Station stopping at Jamaica, Rockville Centre and traveling local to Babylon

·         3:31 PM from Penn Station traveling express to Rockville Centre and then local to Babylon  

With large numbers of customers taking advantage of the earlier departures on the Babylon Branch, the LIRR will combine two closely-scheduled evening Babylon trains into one. The 5:59 PM from Penn Station will be cancelled and those customers accommodated by the next scheduled departure, the 6:05 PM train, which will run express to Merrick as usual, then make all local stops to Babylon.

Port Jefferson Branch (to Hicksville & Huntington)

·         2:08 PM from Penn Station stopping at Jamaica, Mineola and local to Huntington

·         2:29 PM from Penn Station stopping at Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Jamaica, New Hyde Park and then local to Huntington

·         3:24 PM from Penn Station stopping at Jamaica, Mineola, Westbury and Hicksville

Port Washington Branch (to Great Neck)

·         3:40 PM from Penn Station stopping Woodside, Flushing-Main St. and then making all stops to Great Neck.

Far Rockaway Branch

·         3:48 PM from Penn Station stopping at Locust Manor, Laurelton, Rosedale, Valley Stream and then all stops to Far Rockaway

Extra Westbound Trains to NYC for New Year’s Eve Festivities Dec. 31
The LIRR will operate 20 extra westbound trains into Penn Station and Atlantic Terminal on Tuesday, December 31, between 4:54 PM and 9:05 PM, for customers seeing-in the New Year. The added trains are:

Babylon Branch

·         5:47 PM from Babylon, making local stops to Rockville Centre and stopping at Jamaica and Atlantic Terminal

·         6:20 PM from Babylon, making local stops to Rockville Centre and stopping at Jamaica and Penn Station.

·         7:24 PM from Freeport, making local stops to Rockville Centre and stopping at Jamaica and Penn Station.

·         8:09 PM from Babylon, making local stops to Rockville Centre and stopping at Jamaica and Penn Station.

·         9:05 PM from Babylon, making local stops to Rockville Centre and stopping at Jamaica and Penn Station

Huntington/Port Jefferson Branch

·         4:55 PM from Huntington, stopping at Cold Spring Harbor, Syosset, Hicksville, Jamaica and Penn Station.

·         6:39 PM from Huntington, stopping at Cold Spring Harbor, Syosset, Hicksville, Jamaica and Atlantic Terminal

·         6:59 PM from Hicksville, making all local stops to Jamaica and then traveling to Penn Station.

·         7:10 PM from Port Jefferson, making local stops to Huntington and then stopping at Hicksville, Jamaica and Penn Station.

·         7:33 PM from Hicksville, making all local stops to Jamaica and then traveling to Penn Station

·         7:38 PM from Huntington, making all local stops to Jamaica and then traveling to Penn Station

·         8:25 PM from Huntington, making all local stops to Jamaica and then traveling to Penn Station

Port Washington Branch

·         7:07 PM train from Great Neck, making local stops to Woodside then traveling to Penn Station.

·         8:42 PM train from Port Washington, making local stops to Woodside then traveling to Penn Station

Ronkonkoma Branch

·         7:42 PM from Ronkonkoma, making local stops to Wyandanch and stopping at Farmingdale, Bethpage, Hicksville, Mineola, Jamaica and Penn Station.

·         8:39 PM from Ronkonkoma, making local stops to Wyandanch and stopping at Farmingdale, Bethpage, Hicksville, Mineola, Jamaica and Penn Station.

Long Beach Branch

·         5:42 PM from Long Beach making local stops to Jamaica.

·         8:15 PM from Long Beach making local stops to Jamaica.

Montauk Branch

·         8:00 PM from Speonk, making local stops to Babylon and stopping at Jamaica and Penn Station.

Hempstead Branch

·         7:31 PM from Hempstead making local stops to Jamaica and traveling to Penn Station.

New Year’s Day, Jan. 1
On New Year’s Day, January 1, the LIRR will be running on a holiday schedule with extra, early-morning trains from Penn Station and Atlantic Terminal. There will also be four extra trains departing Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn following the completion of the New Year’s Eve Billy Joel concert at Barclays Center. 

Extra Early-Morning Trains from Penn Station:
The LIRR will operate 18 extra eastbound trains from Penn Station and Atlantic Terminal on New Year’s Day between 12:35 AM and 4:19 AM, for customers returning from New Year’s Eve festivities.  The added trains are:

Babylon Branch

·         1:13 AM from Penn Station stopping at Jamaica and Lynbrook then local to Babylon

·         2:11 AM from Penn Station stopping at Jamaica and Lynbrook then local to Babylon

·         2:59 AM from Penn Station stopping at Jamaica and Lynbrook then local to Babylon

·         3:29 AM from Penn Station stopping at Jamaica and Lynbrook then local to Babylon

Montauk Branch

·         1:29 AM from Penn Station, stopping at Jamaica, Rockville Centre and all stops to Speonk.

Port Jefferson Branch

·         2:14 AM from Penn Station, stopping at Jamaica, New Hyde Park and then all stops to Huntington.

·         3:12 AM from Penn Station, stopping at Jamaica, New Hyde Park and then all stops to Port Jefferson.

Ronkonkoma Branch

·         12:52 AM from Penn Station, stopping at Jamaica, Mineola, Hicksville and all stops to Ronkonkoma.

·         2:03 AM from Penn Station, stopping at Jamaica, Mineola, Hicksville and all stops to Ronkonkoma.

·         3:54 AM from Penn Station, stopping at Jamaica, Mineola, Hicksville and all stops to Ronkonkoma.

Port Washington Branch

·         12:35 AM from Penn Station, stopping at Woodside, Flushing Main St. and then making all stops to Port Washington.

·         2:19 AM from Penn Station, stopping at Woodside, Flushing Main St. and then making all stops to Port Washington.

·         4:19 AM from Penn Station, stopping at Woodside, Flushing Main St. and then making all stops to Port Washington.

Long Beach Branch

·         2:44 AM from Penn, stopping at Jamaica, Valley Stream and all stops to Long Beach.

Extra Trains Following Billy Joel New Year’s Eve Concert at Barclays Center:
Those attending the Billy Joel concert at Barclays Center should consider parking at a station on the Babylon, Ronkonkoma or Port Jefferson branches, as the regularly-scheduled Long Beach and Hempstead branch trains will depart on schedule, independent of concert duration.

The LIRR will add four extra trains from Brooklyn's Atlantic Terminal to accommodate fans leaving the concert. There will be two Babylon trains, one Ronkonkoma train and one Huntington train. The first Babylon Branch train will depart 20 minutes after the concert ends.  The additional trains will be spaced approximately 10 minutes apart in the following order: Ronkonkoma, Huntington, and the second Babylon train.  The four extra trains are scheduled to stop in Jamaica; however that there may not be direct connections in Jamaica to other branches for the extra Babylon, Huntington and Ronkonkoma trains.

Customers who remain in Brooklyn after the departure of the last train can take the 2/3 subway to Penn Station for eastbound service.

For More Information 
For additional information customers can go to LIRR’s website or reach the LIRR's Customer Service Center by calling 511, the New York State Travel Information Line, and say “Long Island Rail Road,” when prompted. The deaf or hard of hearing can use their preferred relay service provider for the free 711 relay to reach the LIRR at 511.