Enforcement of NYS Smoking Ban on LIRR & Metro-North Outdoor Platforms Begins February 15

The new state law became effective November 13, 2011 and prohibits smoking on LIRR and Metro-North outdoor platforms as well as the outdoor ticketing and boarding areas of terminals and stations. Until now, violators have been issued warnings. During the initial three-month grace period, Metro-North and the LIRR have been conducting an extensive customer education campaign to raise awareness of the new smoking ban -; an effort that has included leafleting on trains, signage at stations, customer email alerts, postings on Facebook and Twitter as well as public address announcements.

Violators will be issued a summons answerable in local court and face a maximum fine of up to $50 or up to 30 days in jail, or both. At the discretion of police, violators may be asked to leave railroad property at the time the summons is issued.

Metro-North stations in Connecticut are not subject to the New York State law.