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Press Release
August 21, 2013
IMMEDIATE
Public Hearing on Proposed LIRR Service Investments Set for Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 5 PM at MTA Headquarters
Port Wash Half-Hourly Service & Weekend Service to Greenport on Agenda

 

MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) will hold a public hearing on a proposal to restore half-hourly service on the Port Washington Branch on weekends, and on a proposal to operate weekend service on the Ronkonkoma Branch between Ronkonkoma and Greenport for approximately 10 additional   weekends each year.

The public hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday, August 27 at 5 p.m. at MTA Headquarters, located at 347 Madison Avenue in the Board Room on the 5th floor.

Proposed Port Washington Branch Half-Hourly Service

The LIRR would restore 32 weekend trains on the Port Washington Branch to provide half-hour service, effective with the November 11 schedule. Currently, trains operate hourly on  the weekend.

Proposed Ronkonkoma Branch Extension of Greenport Service

The LIRR would extend weekend service on the Ronkonkoma Branch to and from Greenport by approximately 10 weeks, providing service starting in April and extending into November of each year. Currently, weekend Greenport service runs from Memorial Day Weekend through Columbus Day Weekend.

Speakers Must Register

Those wishing to be heard must register in advance either by telephone or in person at the hearing. Registration in person is permitted at the hearing from 4:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. Verbal presentations will be limited to three minutes.

To reach MTA Headquarters:

  • By Subway: 4 Subway Line Icon5 Subway Line Icon6 Subway Line Icon7 Subway Line Icon to Grand Central
  • By Bus: M1, M2, M3, M4, M42, M101, M102, M103, Q32
  • By Rail: Long Island Rail Road to Penn Sta.; 1 Subway Line Icon2 Subway Line Icon3 Subway Line Icon subway uptown to S Subway Line Icon shuttle to Grand Central.

Comment on Video for the Record

In addition to the scheduled Public Hearing on August 27, LIRR customers will be able to record videotaped comments about the proposed changes at the following dates and locations:

  • Great Neck Station: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 From 4-8 pm, Station Waiting Room
  • Ronkonkoma Station: Thursday, August 29, 2013 From 4-8 pm, Station Waiting Room