Take The Train To The Game … The FOOTBALL Game
Jets & Giants fans … are you tired of fighting tunnel traffic on the way to the game? Are you frustrated sitting in the Meadowlands Stadium parking lot after the game, waiting an hour or more just to get on the road?
Have we got a solution for you!
Starting this week, for both preseason and regular season games, Giants and Jets fans will be able to buy one ticket from an LIRR ticket machine/office that will allow them to combine the services of the LIRR and New Jersey Transit trains to get to the stadium.
“How’s that?” you ask.
Well, the MTA is coordinating its various services with those provided by New Jersey Transit … in order to get you to the Meadowlands … and the round-trip ticket from Penn Station to the game costs just $7.75!
You’ll beat the traffic, the tolls, the parking headaches and high gas prices … a win, win, win, win situation … you win before you even get to the stadium!
You can now take a Penn Station-bound train from one of our stations near you, where you’ll board a New Jersey Transit train for the 9-minute ride to Secaucus Junction, and then connect with their Meadowlands Service's 10-minute ride to the stadium.
And just like that, you’ll be strolling from the train into the stadium in time for the kickoff. Be sure to buy your tickets in advance.
Two notes: the Meadowlands Stadium does not allow coolers or any oversized containers on their property … and those using their monthly tickets to get to Penn will have to buy their $7.75 round trip to the game from New Jersey Transit in Penn Station.
Want more details? Watch for our upcoming “Take the Train to the Game” brochure in Penn Station and other stations, or visit our website.
New Schedule - September 8
The new schedule that will go into effect on Tuesday, September 8 marks the completion of some track work, station work, and crossing renewals.
However, the September 8 timetables reflect new work projects that will impact some off-peak service on the Babylon, Montauk, Oyster Bay and Port Jefferson branches, including several cancelled trains and some buses replacing mid-day trains on the Montauk Branch.Get the complete details by contacting us at our 24-hour Travel Information Center, or by visiting the LIRR’s website.
Labor Day Getaway Service
Labor Day Weekend will feature traditional early afternoon getaway trains on Friday, September 4. The extra service will include three trains each for the Babylon and Port Jefferson branches and one train each for the Port Washington and Far Rockaway branches. Check your current schedules for details ... or view your schedule on the Railroad’s website.
Agents Assist with Ticket Purchases
On Wednesday, August 19, Long Island Rail Road personnel will be available to assist customers who are using ticket machines at stations where ticket office windows are scheduled to be closed. They will remain at these stations during normal ticket office hours until Tuesday, August 25 (excluding the weekend). The ticket machines at the affected stations are available to customers 24-hours a day.
The ticket windows at these stations are among the Railroad’s least utilized, and their closings are part of a cost savings program.
The affected stations are: Bethpage, Broadway, Cedarhurst, Douglaston, East New York, Farmingdale, Floral Park, Forest Hills, Hewlett, Kew Gardens, Lindenhurst, Little Neck, Massapequa Park, New Hyde Park, Northport, Nostrand Avenue, Oceanside, Rosedale, Seaford and Woodmere.
Train service won’t be affected, and station waiting rooms will remain open during their regular hours.
2009 US Tennis Open
The 2009 US Open Championships will start on Monday, August 31 and continue through Sunday, September 13. Once again, the Open is expected to attract more patrons (over 700,000!) than any other annually conducted sporting event in the world. So don’t double fault … mass transit is the most convenient and comfortable way to attend these matches, and the LIRR will be adding service to get our tennis fans to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center for the best tennis ever played - with no traffic … no parking fees … and no hassles. Be sure to buy your tickets in advance. For more US Tennis Open fare and schedule information, log onto our website.
Another Customer Appreciation Winner
Daniel P. Christ of Hell’s Kitchen is the latest winner in the Railroad’s ongoing 175th Anniversary Customer Appreciation Contest, which you can still enter. Just visit our website. Recently, Daniel (shown here) collected the prize he won … 4 tickets to ‘Rock of Ages’ at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Congrats to you, Daniel. Rock on!
The Great Long Island Commuter Food Drive!
The LIRR, Long Island Cares, and Long Island Harvest are partnering during September, which is Hunger Action Month, to help the needy. LIRR customers and labor organizations are being asked to help fight hunger by donating non-perishable items like canned goods, personal needs items and school supplies on each Wednesday during the month (2, 9, 16, 23 & 30). Bins will be located at the stations listed below during the morning rush. The drive will kick off at 5:30 AM on each of the Wednesdays, with pickups made by 12:30 PM. Volunteers from each of the partnering organizations will be at the stations, which are: Amityville, Babylon, Baldwin, Bellmore, Freeport, Hempstead, Hicksville, Huntington, Long Beach, Lynbrook, Manhasset, Massapequa, Merrick, Mineola, Patchogue, Port Jefferson, Port Washington, Rockville Centre, Ronkonkoma, Syosset, Valley Stream, Wantagh, and Westbury.
The final tally for July was a solid 94.57%. After seven months, this year’s overall OTP is 95.55%.
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