New Schedule - September 13
The new schedules that will go into effect on Monday, September 13, 2010 implement the second phase of budget-related cuts in LIRR service that were approved by the MTA Board in March as part of the effort to close a $900 million MTA budget gap. Customers may find adjustments in the schedules due to these cuts and ongoing construction projects (Babylon, Montauk, Oyster Bay, Port Jefferson and Port Washington branches). All customers are strongly encouraged to take the time to closely review these new schedules when they become available on our website. The following branches will be impacted by reductions in service:
City Terminal Zone
Overnight service between Atlantic Terminal and Jamaica is eliminated. On weeknights, train service will be available to/from Brooklyn until midnight and will resume around 5:00 AM. On weekends, train service to/from Brooklyn will be available until midnight, and will resume at 5:49 AM.
Long Beach Branch
The 6:09 AM train to Atlantic Terminal is cancelled. Service is available at 5:35 AM or 6:37 AM.
The 4:30 PM train from Hunterspoint Avenue to Montauk will only operate on Fridays from May to October. A stop at Amagansett has been added to the 4:06 PM train from Hunterspoint in order to close a gap in service.
Weekend and midday-weekday service is reduced from every half hour to hourly. Stops have been added to the remaining trains in order to provide service to all stations each hour.
The 4:34 PM train from Atlantic Terminal to Ronkonkoma is cancelled. The 4:24 PM Penn Station-Ronkonkoma train will have an added stop at Jamaica, and the 4:31 PM Penn Station-Huntington train will have added stops at New Hyde Park, Merillon Avenue, Mineola, Carle Place and Westbury to accommodate customers affected by this reduction in service.
North Fork/Greenport - Weekend service will only be available from May to October.
West Hempstead Branch
Weekend service is eliminated. The 8:28 AM peak train to Atlantic Terminal has been cancelled and departure times of other AM peak trains have been altered to provide more evenly spaced morning service, with AM departures as follows: 5:37 AM, 6:53 AM, 7:36 AM, 8:07 AM, and 8:54 AM.
Rosh Hashanah Service
Extra afternoon service is being provided between 2 PM and 4 PM on September 8 for customers traveling home early in observance of Rosh Hashanah. Eight eastbound trains have been added, with three each for the Babylon (2:24 PM; 2:49 PM; 3:32 PM) and Port Jefferson (2:04 PM; 2:32 PM; 3:25 PM) branches and one each for Far Rockaway (3:49 PM) and Port Washington (3:41 PM) branches. Details available on our website.
Thank You LIRR Customers:
We would like to thank all of our customers for their patience during the week of the August 23 emergency on the LIRR, caused by a fire at a key signal tower near Jamaica. Full service was restored thanks to the round-the-clock efforts of hundreds of dedicated LIRR employees. Safety is our top priority. Before we could restore service, our crews conducted more than 300 individual tests to make sure the signal and switch system could be operated safely and reliably. We couldn’t have done it without our highly skilled employees, who deserve our thanks. The switching mechanism damaged in the fire was designed in 1913 and is due to be replaced by a modern, computerized system later this fall. Unfortunately, this type of old and outdated equipment is not unique in the MTA system. The impact of this fire illustrates the importance of continued State and Federal investment to maintain and modernize the transportation system that keeps our region moving. Renewing the region’s transportation infrastructure can’t take place without dedicated funding. The MTA remains committed to modernizing the LIRR and all of its transportation services in the region. We ask for your continued support and patronage. Thank you again for your assistance and cooperation.
Little Italy Package
Once the sprawling home of much of New York City’s Italian-American population, Little Italy is also the home of the Feast of St. Gennaro Festival from September 16 - 26. Take advantage of our Little Italy Package, which offers off-peak round-trip rail fare and a Little Italy Deals Coupon including 20% off at some restaurants and shops during the festival …or anytime you feel The Amore! Full details on our website. .
Public Hearings for Proposed Changes in Fares
Hearings will be held on proposed changes in fares at the locations and dates noted below. All hearings begin at 6 PM. Registration opens at 5 PM and closes at 9 PM. Each hearing will continue until all registered speakers have been heard. Register on the MTA website.
- Manhattan - Monday 9/13/10, The Cooper Union, The Great Hall, 7 East 7th Street at Third Avenue
- Nassau County - Thursday 9/16/10, Garden City Hotel, 45 Seventh Street, Garden City
- Queens - Monday 9/20/10, Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel, 135-20 39th Avenue, Flushing
- Suffolk County - Monday 9/20/10, Suffolk County Legislature, 725 Veterans Memorial Highway, Smithtown
- Brooklyn - Tuesday 9/21/10, Brooklyn Museum, Cantor Auditorium, 200 Eastern Parkway
On Saturday, September 25, the Victory Train will run from Penn Station to Port Jefferson for the 14th Annual Breast Cancer Victory Day. Call 631-474-6030, or link to www.matherhospital.org/victory.
Our region’s hurricane season is definitely here! Danielle and Earl were only the first to arrive, and it’s likely that more storms will follow … and you should be ready if they do. Remember: as a potentially dangerous storm approaches, it might become necessary to suspend LIRR service. Should that time come, we may halt all service in order to protect our customers, employees and the Railroad’s assets. That’s why it is important for our customers to understand that the LIRR may not be available for last-minute evacuations.
August On Time Performance
That fire in Jamaica impacted August's OTP … and left us with a Total OTP of 87.3%.
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