Buy LIRR Tickets Online for The Barclays at Bethpage Black

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Well now, for the first time, MTA Long Island Rail Road customers are able to buy their train tickets online and print them out or display it on a smart phone under a new pilot program and partnership between the LIRR and the Long Island technology firm CooCoo.

The debut of this online service will be specifically for the purchase of LIRR tickets for travel to and from The Barclays PGA TOUR Event at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, Tuesday, August 21 through Sunday, August 26, and that event only.

"For the first time in the history of the LIRR, our customers will be able to buy their train tickets online and print them out at their home or office for The Barclays event," said LIRR President Helena Williams. "They also can simply download an LIRR ticket to their smart phones. This pilot program offers great customer convenience and allows the LIRR to test out the CooCoo technology during the six days of The Barclays event."

Ryan Thompson, co-founder of CooCoo, said, "This system is the first live mobile ticketing solution offered by a major transit agency in the United States. The Long Island Rail Road is at the forefront of the biggest change in transit technology in years. Consumers are demanding the convenience of purchasing tickets through mobile devices and on the web and forward-looking mass transit operators are meeting that demand in creative ways like the PGA event."

CooCoo is no stranger to LIRR customers. The company, based in Huntington, L.I., has been providing free real-time train arrival and departure times via text message to LIRR riders since 2010.

Up to 35,000 golf fans are expected daily at Bethpage and as many as one-third will take the LIRR to and from the Barclays Tournament to see the top 125 PGA players compete for $8 million in prize money. The event kicks off on Tuesday, August 21. The Long Island Rail Road will be providing extra, half-hourly train service to Farmingdale Station beginning Thursday, August 23 - the first day of competition - and running through the end of the tournament on Sunday, August 26, days when the largest crowds are expected.

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At Farmingdale Station, riders' tickets will be validated by LIRR personnel using a handheld barcode-reader. Fans will then board PGA courtesy buses for the short ride to Bethpage State Park and its famed Black Course, known for uphill fairways and long-distance pars that make it one of the toughest golf venues in the nation.

Round trip tickets to Farmingdale can be purchased directly at www.CooCoo.com/lirrtickets or through the MTA web site by going to www.mta.info/lirr/getaways/LongIsland/BarclaysGolf.htm.

They can also download CooCoo's iPhone or Android apps at http://www.CooCoo.com and get real-time train and bus schedules.

In addition, LIRR personnel will be on hand at Bethpage Park, at the Farmingdale LIRR station and at Penn Station with hand-held Ticket Issuing Machines that will enable LIRR customers to purchase train tickets using credit-debit cards.

LIRR tickets purchased online via CooCoo are good only for the specific day specified on the ticket. They cannot be used for travel on the LIRR at any other time or to reach any other destination other than the Farmingdale LIRR Station.

"We encourage fans to avoid potential lines at Penn and at other stations and buy their LIRR tickets in advance online via CooCoo," said Williams. "The LIRR is already the most hassle free way to reach Bethpage via our Farmingdale station. This mobile ticketing option makes it even easier to use the LIRR to get to the tournament."

LIRR Launches Online Sweepstakes for The Barclays

The LIRR, along with Barclays PGA and CooCoo, have teamed up for the LIRR's special online sweepstakes for the upcoming Barclays PGA TOUR at Bethpage Black. Prizes to be awarded in the sweepstakes include an iPad and tickets to the PGA Tour. As an added convenience, LIRR customers buying mobile LIRR tickets through CooCoo for The Barclays are automatically entered into the sweepstakes.

The LIRR's Barclays PGA sweepstakes is open to all, and entries must be received by August 15. The first prize is an Apple iPad (current generation), courtesy of CooCoo. Five second prize winners will receive a pair of tickets to The Barclays PGA TOUR for Sunday, August 26 -; courtesy of The Barclays. Two third prize winners will each get a pair of tickets to Spiderman on Broadway (donated by the show).

The sweepstakes entry form, if you haven't purchase your rail ticket through CooCoo's mobile LIRR ticketing, is available at http://wx3.lirr.org/lirr/getaways/BarclaysGolf/.

For sweepstakes contest rules visit the LIRR Barclays Online Sweepstakes Contest Rules at http://mta.info/lirr/getaways/BarclaysGolf/BarclaysGolfSweepstakesRules.htm.