LIRR Will Take You to 2013 Mets Baseball!
With speedy, reliable service that lets you avoid game day traffic and parking fees, the Long Island Rail Road is the best way to get to Mets home games! And on weekends, the LIRR is adding 12-13 extra trains on game days to ensure service every 30 minutes before, during and after the game in each direction.
"Our goal is to make you comfortable and put you in a relaxed state of mind before and after the game," said LIRR President Helena E. Williams. "If you're stressed out by traffic tie-ups and parking fees before the game, or you're thinking about leaving early to ‘beat the rush,' then you're not necessarily having a great game-day experience. The LIRR can help take all of those worries away."
Direct train service to the ballpark is available from Penn Station, Woodside, and all stations on the Port Washington Branch. Those traveling from Long Island or southern Queens on other branches can reach Citi Field by changing trains at Woodside, just a five-minute ride from the stadium. Fans from N.Y.C. or New Jersey can board trains at Penn Station, which is just a quick 19 minutes away on the LIRR. The ballpark is just 17 minutes from Great Neck and 27 minutes from Port Washington.
Regularly scheduled Port Washington Branch trains will stop at the Mets-Willets Point Station throughout the regular season for all weeknight and weekday afternoon games, and on weekends, the LIRR is adding the extra game day service. Schedules are posted on the Mets-Willets Point special timetable, available at http://bit.ly/Mets-LIRR (pdf).
Trains are subject to be held at Mets-Willets Point at the conclusion of games for loading purposes, which may result in missed connections at Woodside or Penn Station.
Except for weeknight trains from Penn Station noted above, all trains to baseball games accept off-peak tickets. On weekends, fans coming from Penn Station, Woodside, Auburndale, Bayside, Broadway, Douglaston, Flushing-Main Street, Little Neck, or Murray Hill can save money by using CityTicket, which is just $4 one way. CityTicket cannot be purchased on board a train, and is valid only on the day purchased.
Fans traveling from branches other than the Port Washington Branch who change at Woodside will not need a separate ticket for that leg of the journey. Since Mets-Willets Point is located in Zone 1, tickets to Woodside or Penn Station are valid to Mets-Willets Point as well. However, passengers must retain their ticket stubs and inform ticket collectors of their intention to travel to Mets-Willets Point Stadium. Customers must hold onto their tickets, which may be collected at Mets-Willets Point after they disembark.
The railroad's special Family Fare is a great way for future big leaguers to see their favorite team. Children ages 5 through 11 can ride for only $1 each (in each direction) when tickets are purchased at a ticket office or from a ticket machine, during off-peak hours, when accompanied by an adult paying the regular off-peak fare. Parents with monthly or weekly tickets just pay for the children. Up to four children can travel with each parent (or guardian, 18 or older) at this special rate. Children under 5 ride for free at all times.
A Note About Accessibility for the Disabled
The Mets-Willets Point Station is not accessible to the disabled. The New York City Subway's Mets-Willets Point station is accessible via the Queens-bound local platform, with an ADA-compliant ramp connecting to the sidewalk on the south side of Roosevelt Avenue. LIRR Customers with mobility impairments who are traveling to see the Mets should travel to Woodside Station. At Woodside Station, which has elevators, customers should transfer to a Flushing-bound 7 subway train to the Mets-Willets Point subway stop, and then use the ramp to reach Roosevelt Avenue, across from the ballpark. To return to Woodside after the game, customers with mobility impairments should board the 7 subway and travel one stop east to its end point, the Flushing-Main Street Station. There, after a brief wait on the train, the train will head west to Woodside. This is necessary due to the location of the ramp, which will only permit access to the eastbound platform.
For More Information
Printed timetables are available at LIRR ticket offices and terminals. Fans can also contact the LIRR's Travel Information Center by calling 511 from any phone in New York State. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, use your preferred relay service provider or the free 711 relay to reach LIRR at 718-217-5477. Customers can also consult the LIRR's website at www.mta.info, and can follow @LIRRTrain2Game on Twitter for all events at Citi Field.