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LIRR Scheduling More Trains for New Year’s Weekend

Happy New Year 2017!
Happy New Year 2017!

MTA Long Island Rail Road is ready to usher in the New Year with extra train service for the extended holiday weekend, beginning with additional eastbound trains to accommodate customers leaving work early on Friday, December 30. Then the railroad will run additional westbound trains on Saturday, New Year’s Eve, for revelers heading to the city to celebrate, and extra service early New Year’s Day to get the party goers safely back home Sunday morning.

Over the New Year’s weekend, the railroad will operate on a weekend-holiday schedule with the usual ban on alcohol on trains and on station platforms from noon on New Year’s Eve until noon on New Year’s Day. The LIRR will be back on a weekday schedule on Monday, January 2, but lower off-peak fares will be accepted all day.

Friday, December 30 – 13 Extra PM Eastbound Trains

The Long Island Rail Road is adding 13 trains to its eastbound afternoon schedule of departures from Penn Station on Friday, December 30, to accommodate customers leaving work early to begin the extended New Year’s holiday weekend. The additional service from Penn Station will be provided between 12:43 p.m. and 3:49 p.m. on the Ronkonkoma, Babylon, Port Jefferson, Port Washington and Far Rockaway Branches.

Ronkonkoma Branch – 2 Extra Trains

  • 12:42 p.m. stopping at Woodside, Jamaica, Mineola, Hicksville, then local to Ronkonkoma
  • 1:49 p.m. stopping at Woodside, Jamaica, Mineola, Hicksville, then local to Ronkonkoma

Babylon Branch – 6 Extra Trains

  • 1:28 p.m. express to Rockville Centre, then local to Babylon
  • 1:56 p.m. express to Jamaica, stopping at Rockville Centre, then local to Babylon
  • 2:19 p.m. express to Rockville Centre, then local to Babylon
  • 2:32 p.m. express to Lynbrook, then local to Babylon
  • 3:00 p.m. stopping at Jamaica, stopping at Rockville Centre, then local to Babylon
  • 3:31 p.m. express to Rockville Centre, then local to Babylon

Port Jefferson Branch – 3 Extra Trains

  • 2:08 p.m. stopping at Jamaica, Mineola, then local to Huntington
  • 2:29 p.m. stopping at Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Jamaica, New Hyde Park, then local to Huntington
  • 3:24 p.m. stopping at Jamaica, Mineola, Westbury and Hicksville

Port Washington Branch – 1 Extra Train

  • 3:40 p.m. stopping at Woodside, Flushing Main Street, then all stops to Great Neck

Far Rockaway Branch – 1 Extra Train

  • 3:48 p.m. stopping at Locust Manor, Laurelton, Rosedale, Valley Stream, then all stops to Far Rockaway

New Year’s Eve, Saturday, December 31 – 10 Extra Westbound Trains

Long Islanders who plan to head for New York City to mark the arrival of 2017 will find 10 extra trains added to the regular weekend/holiday schedule.

Ronkonkoma Branch – 2 Extra Trains

  • 5:09 p.m. from Ronkonkoma making local stops to Hicksville, then stopping at Mineola, Jamaica and Penn Station
  • 7:09 p.m. from Ronkonkoma making local stops to Hicksville, then stopping at Jamaica and Penn Station

Babylon Branch – 3 Extra Trains

  • 6:19 p.m. from Babylon making local stops to Lynbrook, then stopping at Jamaica and Penn Station
  • 7:19 p.m. from Babylon, making local stops to Lynbrook, then stopping at Jamaica and Penn Station
  • 7:31 p.m. from Speonk making local stops to Babylon, then stopping at Jamaica and Penn Station

Port Jefferson Branch – 2 Extra Trains

  • 6:45 p.m. from Port Jefferson making local stops to Huntington, then stopping at Hicksville, Jamaica and Penn Station
  • 6:42 p.m. from Huntington making local stops to New Hyde Park, then stopping at Jamaican and Penn Station

Port Washington Branch – 3 Extra Trains

  • 6:38 p.m. from Port Washington making local stops to Great Neck, then stopping at Bayside, Woodside and Penn Station
  • 7:38 p.m. from Port Washington making local stops to Great Neck, then stopping at Bayside, Woodside and Penn Station
  • 8:38 p.m. from Port Washington making local stops to Great Neck, then stopping at Bayside, Woodside and Penn Station

New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1 – 14 Extra AM Eastbound Trains

Between 12:30 a.m. and 4:20 a.m. on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2017, a total of 14 extra trains will operate from Penn Station to accommodate customers heading home after celebrating the arrival of the New Year. For the remainder of the day, the LIRR will operate on a holiday/weekend schedule.

Ronkonkoma Branch – 3 Extra Trains

  • 12:29 a.m. stopping at Jamaica, Mineola, Hicksville and all stops to Ronkonkoma
  • 2:03 a.m. stopping at Jamaica, Mineola, Hicksville and all stops to Ronkonkoma
  • 3:53 a.m. stopping at Jamaica, Mineola, Hicksville and all stops to Ronkonkoma

Port Washington Branch – 3 Extra Trains

  • 12:35 a.m. stopping at Woodside, Flushing Main St. and making all stops to Port Washington
  • 2:19 a.m. stopping at Woodside, Flushing Main St. and making all stops to Port Washington
  • 4:19 a.m. stopping at Woodside, Flushing Main St. and making all stops to Port Washington

Babylon Branch – 4 Extra Trains

  • 1:14 a.m. stopping at Jamaica, Rockville Centre, and then all stops to Babylon
  • 2:11 a.m. stopping at Jamaica, Lynbrook, then making all stops to Babylon
  • 3:00 a.m. stopping at Jamaica, Lynbrook, then making all stops to Babylon
  • 3:29 a.m. stopping at Jamaica, Lynbrook, and all the stops to Babylon

Montauk Branch – 1 Extra Train

  • 1:29 a.m. stopping at Jamaica, Rockville Center, and then all stops to Speonk

Long Beach Branch – 1 Extra Train

  • 2:44 a.m. stopping at Jamaica, Valley Stream and all stops to Long Beach

Port Jefferson Branch – 2 Extra Trains

  • 2:46 a.m. stopping at Jamaica, New Hyde Park, and then making all stops to Huntington
  • 3:12 a.m. stopping at Jamaica, Lynbrook, then making all stops to Port Jefferson

Monday, January 2nd

The LIRR will operate on a regular weekday schedule, but lower off-peak fares will be accepted all day.

Reminder: Last Weekend for Extra Holiday Service

As noted in the timetables, New Year’s Eve, Saturday, December 31 and New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1 is the weekend the LIRR will be running a total of four extra westbound trains and six extra eastbound trains on the Babylon, Long Beach and Port Jefferson branches.

For More Information

For train schedules and real-time train status, customers should download LIRRTrain Time™, the Railroad’s official app available via the Apple Store for iOS devices or Google Play Store for Android along with MTA eTix™ - LIRR’s mobile ticketing app which allows customers to buy LIRR tickets on their mobile device. Customers can also sign up for LIRR Service Alerts via text or email by registering at www.mymtaalerts.com. Assistance is also available from the LIRR’s Customer Service Center by calling 511, the New York State Travel Information Line, and saying: Long Island Rail Road. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, use your preferred service provider for the free 711 relay to reach the LIRR at 511.