New LIRR Timetables Includes More Trains
New MTA Long Island Rail Road timetables that went into effect on Monday, March 4 include enhanced late-night train service to Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn and half-hourly, westbound AM off-peak service from Farmingdale on the Ronkonkoma Branch, the LIRR’s most crowded line.
In addition, the Railroad has restored trains to the Far Rockaway, Long Beach, Port Jefferson, Montauk and West Hempstead Branches that were eliminated in 2010 when the MTA was facing an $800 million budget shortfall. The Authority responded by cutting staff across all agencies, including the LIRR, by more than 15% and reducing expenses in addition to the service reductions.
The LIRR first announced its plan to bring back service last summer as part of $29 million MTA package of service restorations system wide. In total, the Railroad is adding 22 trains on weekdays and 8 on weekends.
The new LIRR schedules include other changes – largely during off-peak hours and on weekends - to accommodate ongoing construction projects such as East Side Access as well as scheduled track maintenance and renewal programs. All of the latest service changes are detailed in newly printed, branch timetables covering the period Monday, March 4, 2013 through Sunday, May 19, 2013. The new timetables are available at LIRR stations and can also be viewed on the MTA website at www.mta.info/lirr.