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Press Release
November 26, 2013
IMMEDIATE
MTA Long Island Rail Road Offering Extra Service & Reduced Fares for the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend
Off-Peak & Family Fare Pricing in Effect Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
With the beginning of the long Thanksgiving Weekend, MTA Long Island Rail Road is ready with additional train service to get travelers where they want to go and off-peak ticket pricing they will find very attractive. 
Extra Trains for the Extended Four Day Weekend
The extra trains start rolling on Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, November 27, with extra afternoon eastbound trains to handle the expected getaway day rush home. On Thanksgiving Day, there are extra trains to get you to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and extra trains to get you home when the festivities are over. There will be extra trains on Saturday, November 30 and Sunday, December 1 as well, making travel to and from New York City, a snap for shopping, dining and entertainment.
Waiting Rooms Hours Extended 
And with heavy rain and winds predicted for tonight and Wednesday and high winds continuing into Thanksgiving Day, LIRR station waiting room hours will be extended for the comfort of our customers. Effective today waiting rooms will remain open all day and night for customers until normal posted closing hours on Friday.
MTA LIRR urges all our customers to take extra care when traveling. The Railroad is taking extra precautions to ensure safe travel. Please stay clear of the platform edges, use handrails on staircases and walk carefully when entering or exiting stations and boarding or leaving trains.
Alcohol Banned Overnight Wednesday into Thursday
In the interest of safety, alcohol will not allowed on LIRR trains, stations or platforms from 8PM Wednesday, November 27 through 5AM Thursday, November 28. MTA Police will enforce this restriction.
Off-Peak Fares in Effect Thursday thru Sunday
As a holiday bonus, the LIRR will offer tickets at off-peak prices over the four-day weekend from Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28 through Sunday, December 1. Additionally, the Railroad’s Family Fare Discount will be in effect all four days. That means kids ages 5-11 (limit of 4 children) can ride one-way for $1 when accompanied by a fare paying parent or guardian. However, those tickets must be purchased before you board the train. Weekly and monthly ticket holders pay just for the kids and, as always, children under 5 ride free.
Regular Weekday Schedule on Black Friday
On Black Friday, November 29, one of the busiest shopping days of the year, the LIRR will run on a regular weekday schedule, but tickets that day will be sold at the lower, off-peak fares.
Extra Service on Weekends through January 5
Additionally, the Thanksgiving weekend marks the start of extra weekend trains to and from Manhattan to meet the holiday season demand. The special weekend service will be available over the weekends of December 7-8, December 14-15, December 21-22, December 28-29 and January 4-5.
Reminder to Port Washington Branch Customers – Trains Every 30 Minutes
Trains are once again running every 30 minutes on Saturday and Sunday between Port Washington and Penn Station, a permanent service enhancement that arrived just in time for holiday travel.
Thanksgiving Weekend (Nov. 27-Dec. 1) Service Highlights
Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, November 27
Eastbound – 9 Extra Trains Departing from Penn Station
Babylon Branch
  • The 2:32 PM train express to Lynbrook, then all stops to Babylon,
  • The 3:00 PM train stopping at Jamaica, Rockville Centre, then all stops to Babylon.
  • The 3:31 PM express to Rockville Centre, then all stops to Babylon 

Port Jefferson Branch 

  • The 2:08 PM train stopping at Jamaica, Mineola, then all stops to Huntington
  • The 2:29 PM train stopping at Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Jamaica, New Hyde Park, then all stops to Huntington.
  • The 3:24 PM train stopping at Jamaica, Mineola, Westbury and Hicksville.
Port Washington Branch
  • The 3:40 PM train stopping at Woodside, Flushing/Main St., then all stops to Great Neck
Far Rockaway Branch
  • The 3:48 PM express to Locust Manor, then all stops to Far Rockaway.
Montauk Branch
  • The 4:06 PM train express to Westhampton, then stopping at Southampton, Bridgehampton, East Hampton and Montauk
Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28
Throughout Thanksgiving Day, a holiday schedule will be in effect. A total of 17 extra trains are being added to the holiday schedule for those attending the Thanksgiving Day Parade or visiting families – including 6 extra westbound and 11 extra eastbound trains. Cars will also be added to select trains to accommodate holiday travelers. 
Westbound – 6 Extra Trains Heading into Penn Station
Babylon Branch
  • The 6:49 AM train from Babylon, making all stops to Rockville Center, then Jamaica, and Penn Station.
  • The 7:18 AM train from Babylon, making all stops to Rockville Centre, then Jamaica and Penn Station.
Huntington/Port Jefferson Branch
  • The 6:01 AM train from Port Jefferson making all stops to Huntington, then stopping at Jamaica and Penn Station.
Ronkonkoma Branch
  • The 6:10 AM train from Ronkonkoma, making all stops to Hicksville, then Jamaica, Woodside and Penn Station.
  • The 7:10 AM train from Ronkonkoma, making all stops to Hicksville, then Jamaica, Woodside and Penn Station.
Montauk Branch
  • The 6:44 AM train from Speonk, making all stops to Babylon, Jamaica and Penn Station.
Eastbound – 11 Extra Trains Departing from Penn Station
Babylon Branch
  • The 11:40 AM, 12:09 PM, 12:40 PM and 1:09 PM trains from Penn Station stopping at Jamaica, Rockville Centre, then all local stops to Babylon.

Huntington/Port Jefferson Branch

  • The 12:02 PM from Penn Station, stopping at Jamaica, New Hyde Park and all stops to Huntington.
  • The 12:06 PM train from Penn Station, stopping at Jamaica, Mineola, Hicksville, then all stops to Port Jefferson.
Ronkonkoma Branch
  • The 11:35 AM train from Penn Station, stopping at Woodside, Jamaica, Hicksville Bethpage Farmingdale then all stops to Ronkonkoma except Pinelawn.
  • The 12:32 PM train from Penn Station, stopping at Woodside, Jamaica, New Hyde Park, Mineola, Hicksville, Bethpage, Farmingdale, then all stops to Ronkonkoma except Pinelawn.
  • The 1:03 PM train from Penn Station, stopping at Woodside, Jamaica, New Hyde Park, then all stops to Farmingdale.
  • The 1:32 PM train from Penn Station, stopping at Woodside, Jamaica, Hicksville, Bethpage, Farmingdale, then all stops to Ronkonkoma, except Pinelawn.
Black Friday, November 29
LIRR trains will operate on a normal weekday schedule on Friday, November 29 with Off-Peak fares in effect the entire day.
Saturday, November 30 and Sunday, December 1
The LIRR will add four westbound trains and six eastbound trains to its regular weekend schedule on Saturday, November30 and Sunday, December 1 and continue to offer the enhanced train service for five additional weekends to make travel to and from the city more convenient for shopping, dining and entertainment. Those weekends are December 7-8, December 14-15, December 21-22 and December 28-29 and January 4-5. The extra weekend trains are as follows:
Long Beach Branch
Westbound 
  • The 8:56 AM, 9:56 AM, 10:56 AM and 11:56 AM trains from Long Beach making all local stops to Jamaica then express to Penn Station.

Eastbound

  • The 4:25 PM, 5:15 PM, 6:15 PM and 7:15 PM trains from Penn Station, stopping at Jamaica and making all local stops to Long Beach.
Babylon Branch
Eastbound
  • The 1:13 AM from Penn Station, stopping at Jamaica, Rockville Centre and then all stops to Babylon
Port Jefferson Branch
Eastbound
  • The 2:44 AM from Penn Station stopping at Jamaica, New Hyde Park, then all stops to Huntington.
For More Information
For additional information customers can pick up a copy of the latest timetables at their station or any LIRR terminal or access train schedules on the LIRR’s website. Customers can also get assistance from LIRR's Customer Service Center by calling 511, the New York State Travel Information Line, and say: Long Island Rail Road.