Cell Phone Courtesy
You’re on the train, headed east for a summer weekend …and excited about it. So you call a friend to talk about your progress, making plans to get together for dinner. Then you call another friend … and another. Your excitement rises and so does your voice. Then one of your friends calls you back – you know who it is by that ‘catchy’ ring tone. Some of your fellow passengers are not pleased. Understandably, they are not interested in the details of your dinner plans, especially when they hear it at high volume and more than once. Please, when using your cell phones, be considerate – switch your phone to vibrate – try to keep your conversations brief … and low.
Seats R 4 People
At this time of year, we find many of our patrons using adjacent seating to store their bags, luggage and other assorted items. Unfortunately, this often happens on trains that have greater numbers of customers onboard due to summer travel. If you’re occupying more than one seat, remember: the train's seats are designed for people, not bags, or boxes, or luggage. So, do the right thing by keeping the seats around you clear of your items. Store your 'extra' items on your lap, under the seat in front of you, in the overhead rack, or in the luggage storage areas available at the ends of some cars.
The Atlantic hurricane season is underway, and we want you to know that the LIRR is working closely with emergency officials in New York City, Nassau and Suffolk Counties on hurricane contingency plans. In developing those plans, a consensus was reached among MTA, LIRR and area emergency officials that at some point during a storm’s approach, safety concerns dictate that in order to protect our customers, employees and Railroad assets it will be necessary to suspend railroad service and "hunker down" for the brunt of the storm. This so-called "zero hour" would come when storm winds reach a sustained speed of 39 MPH. Depending upon a hurricane’s size and forward speed, "zero hour" could come up to 24 hours before the actual worst part of the storm hits our area. That’s why it is important for our customers to heed official storm warnings, especially those concerning evacuations. Some flood and storm surge prone areas have official evacuation plans that begin as much as 72 hours before the actual landfall of a hurricane, when the weather may still be quite calm. We urge our customers to please pay attention to official evacuation notices and be aware that the LIRR may not be available for last-minute evacuations.
Port Jefferson Branch Track Work
The renewal of a grade-level crossing in St. James will affect our midday St. James, Stony Brook and Port Jefferson customers from 9:30 AM until 3:00 PM; Monday, August 2 through Friday, August 6. Four eastbound and four westbound trains will be originating and terminating at Smithtown that week … with customers traveling east of Smithtown accommodated by bus. Westbound buses will depart 30 minutes earlier than the trains they are replacing. This will ensure their arrival at Smithtown in time to meet normally scheduled trains to their westerly destinations. We thank you in advance for your patience while we complete this important work.
King Tut …
Has returned to Manhattan (at the Discovery Times Square Exhibition) after 30 years! If you missed him the last time, don’t miss him this time … he’s not getting any younger, you know. Out on the beautiful, bountiful Island of Long … the Montauk Lighthouse Escorted Tour will be available Saturdays July 17 and August 21; this year’s escorted Sunday Brunch Cruises will be July 18 and August 15; while our Orchard Harvest escorted tours will be Saturdays July 24 and September 18. For more information, visit our website.
Walking With Dinosaurs
A dazzling 10 million pound arena spectacle of unprecedented size and quality is set to captivate young and old alike. So take the entire family to Madison Square Garden and marvel at the story of the dinosaur clan’s 200 million year domination of life on earth. Watch them walk. Hear them roar. Be there as they fight for survival and supremacy. From the ripple of their skin to the glint in their eye, you’ll think that the dinosaurs really have returned! Get $10 off select shows now through July 25. For details on how you can make sure you have your seat to see the return of the dinosaurs, visit our website. Scary! But cool.
Dave Matthews Band Extra Service
There’s no reason to fight traffic in order to enjoy an evening of the music you enjoy. Taking the MTA Long Island Rail Road to see the Dave Matthews Band at CitiField will get you there a lot faster than "Ants Marching," so you can "Stay" and have a "Good, Good Time." On July 16 and July 17, the LIRR will provide eastbound and westbound train service to the Mets-Willets Point Station before and after the concert. To save time, concert-goers are advised to purchase round-trip tickets prior to boarding. Commuters, please note: Monthly & Weekly tickets valid to Fare Zone 1 can be used for travel to Mets-Willets Point. Go to our website for train times and other details.
Our On Time Performance for the month of June was 92.17%.
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