LIRR Running Extra Trains to See Triple Crown Bid at Belmont

The MTA Long Island Rail Road has your ticket to see history in the making as Triple Crown contender "I'll Have Another" makes his run for the 144th Belmont Stakes this coming Saturday, June 9. That means the Railroad will be offering extra trains to get racing fans to Belmont Park.

"The LIRR is most convenient way to reach Belmont while avoiding traffic and parking hassles," said LIRR President Helena Williams. "This is especially true with a Triple Crown contender in the race. The LIRR is adding extra service to bring you directly to the park so you won't miss any excitement."

On Stakes Day, 18 LIRR trains departing from Penn Station, starting at 9:59 AM, will bring racing fans to Belmont Park. Those traveling to the Stakes from Long Island can take trains that arrive at Jamaica in time to connect with the Belmont Stakes trains departing Jamaica at 10:19 AM, 10:31 AM, 10:55 AM, 11:19 AM, 11:29 AM, 11:51 AM, 12:00 PM, 12:19 PM, 12:49 PM, 12:58 PM, 1:16 PM, 1:26 PM, 1:56 PM, 3:00 PM, 3:19 PM, 3:54 PM, 4:19 PM, and 4:55 PM.

First race post time is 11:35 AM. The Belmont is set for 6:35 PM with two more races to follow. Click here for more details about travel information using public transportation, and the LIRR's One-Day Getaway package.

The LIRR urges all racing fans to purchase their round-trip rail tickets in advance because tickets will not be sold on-board trains on Stakes Day. The Railroad will be implementing a pilot program, using hand-held ticketing machines, for purchasing tickets at Belmont Park Station using credit cards and debit-as-credit cards. Cash ticket sales will also be available at station ticket office on Stakes day only.

MTA Police will be enforcing a no alcohol policy on trains to Belmont Park. Bags and coolers are subject to search prior to boarding Belmont Park trains at Penn Station and at Jamaica Station. And remember, the LIRR's Belmont Park Station is not wheelchair accessible. There are no elevators and only limited escalator service. It is necessary to use a staircase to and from most train platforms.

For additional information, racing fans can contact the LIRR's Travel Information Center by calling 511, the New York State Travel Information Line and say "Long Island Rail Road." If you are deaf or hard of hearing, use your preferred relay service provider on the free 711 relay to reach the LIRR at 511. Customers can also consult the LIRR's web site at