The Long Island Rail Road and New York City Transit are serving up aces with frequent service to the 132nd U.S. Open Tennis tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadow-Corona Park beginning with the start of qualifying rounds today, Tuesday, August 20 right through to the tournament finals on September 9.
The LIRR and the subway line are the fastest and most convenient ways to get to all the US Open tennis action. The LIRR's Port Washington Branch trains stop at Mets-Willets Point Station, which is just short walk from the USTA”s Billie Jean King Stadium. The train ride is just 19 minutes from Penn Station, and for those traveling from Long Island, the tennis stadium is just six minutes from Woodside, 17 minutes from Great Neck and 27 minutes from Port Washington. Customers can consult the LIRR's website for the special US Open Timetables for the periods August 20 to September 2 and September 3 to September 9.
Arriving Via Woodside Station
If you are traveling to the LIRR's Mets-Willet Point Station from branches other than Port Washington you can take the LIRR to Woodside Station, then transfer to a Port Washington Branch train for the short ride to Flushing Meadow. Since Mets-Willets Point Station is located in Fare Zone One, tickets to that zone from outlying stations are valid to Mets-Willets Point. However, you must hold onto the ticket stubs and inform ticket collectors of your intention to travel to Mets-Willets Point.
Buy Your LIRR Tickets in Advance
Since on-board fares are higher, customers are advised to buy tickets in advance at ticket offices, ticket machines, or on-line through the LIRR's WebTicket service (allow five business days for delivery). Customers planning to attend more than one match, or planning to travel with other tennis fans, may want to purchase a Peak or Off-Peak Ten-Trip ticket.
LIRR's Weekend CityTicket
Customers attending weekend matches and events at the US Open, and traveling to Mets-Willets Point Station from Penn Station or from station in Queens on the Port Washington Branch, can take advantage of the LIRR's CityTicket. Available only on Saturdays and Sunday for adults and children over 12 years of age, CityTicket is a same-day, one-way fare of just $4.00 - a trip that otherwise carries a one-way charge of $5.75 from Zone 1 and $7.00 from Zone 3.
CityTicket is good for travel between Penn Station, Woodside and Mets-Willets Point and between the Queens stations on the Port Washington Branch (Flushing Main Street, Murray Hill, Broadway, Auburndale, Bayside, Douglaston and Little Neck) and Mets-Willets Point. It cannot be used to travel via trips from Brooklyn or Jamaica Station or any other branches. CityTicket is sold as a One Way or Round Trip ticket. It cannot be bought on board trains, but only from ticket windows or ticket machines located in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. It is good for direct travel only. Customers cannot change direction at transfer points and use it for free travel between the LIRR and subways or buses. Those traveling from points east, changing at Woodside, will have to pay the regular fare on weekends.