New NYC Getaways for the New Year
Two brand new excursions have joined the LIRR’s roster of New York City Getaways. Now there are 18 different one-day adventures to choose from, with savings ranging from 30–50% off the cost of admission and rail fare. The two new Getaway Packages are:
The Downtown Culture Pass – eight downtown Manhattan museums have banded together, with a pass granting holders free admission and discounts in museum shops. Museums involved include the National Museum of the American Indian and the New York City Police Museum.
The Statue of Liberty Express – lets you see Lady Liberty in 60 minutes! Climb aboard the distinctive yellow ship for a fast and fun ride to Liberty Island and a seaside view of the Statue of Liberty from New York Harbor.
Additional LIRR travel packages include the American Museum of Natural History/Rose Center for Earth and Space, the Intrepid, Madame Tussauds and Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
The LIRR’s Discovery Times Square package offers discounted admission to one of the current exhibits: “CSI: The Experience” or “Dead Sea Scrolls.” Other getaways include The Ride, an advanced audio and video entertainment experience that turns the streets of New York into a stage and Macy’s VIP Shopping.
For further details check out the LIRR online brochure or pick up a copy of the LIRR’s 2012 NYC Getaways brochure at stations and terminals.
Ride the LIRR To Broadway
The hip-hooray and ballyhoo … ahh, the lullaby of Broadway. This winter is a great time to ride the LIRR for special discounts to a collection of great Broadway hits: Rock of Ages, My Sinatra, the Gazillion Bubble Show, and brand new for this year: Godspell.
Godspell: The legendary rock musical has returned and the critics are cheering! Enjoy one of the most enduring shows of all time as it comes to Broadway in a brand new, intimately staged, one-of-a-kind production. Ride the LIRR for free round-trip and get tickets to the Broadway hit Godspell for just $79.50 from now through April 30.
Rock of Ages: The classic rock love story of the decade erupts into Broadway’s best party – all to the sounds of such feel-good, sing-out-loud songs. This hilarious five-time Tony nominated musical is nothin’ but a good time. Ride the train for free round trip and save over $40 per ticket. The show runs through June 30.
Gazillion Bubble Show: The Gazillion Bubble Show will amaze your whole family with mind-blowing bubble magic. Ride the train for free round trip and save $10 on tickets to the Gazillion Bubble Show. The show runs through January 29.
My Sinatra: One man’s dream through another man’s music. Cary Hoffman turns his celebrated PBS Special into a biographical, often hilarious, and poignant one-man musical play about his love and idolization for his hero Frank Sinatra and the perils of wanting to become somebody else. Get a free round-trip rail ticket and save $15 on show tickets. Tickets must be purchased by January 31, 2012. The show runs through February 26.
For more details on these packages, visit Packages/Deals/Special Events.
One of the best ways for you to cope with the inevitable inconveniences of winter weather before, during and after traveling on the LIRR is to keep yourself informed. Subscribe to our e-mail alert system, check the MTA website, contact 511 (say LIRR) and tune in to local TV and radio reports. While we will work to keep train service operating on all of our branches for as long as possible, it may be necessary to temporarily suspend train service when snow accumulations reach between 10 and 13 inches to avoid stranding trains and for the safety of customers and employees.
New Modified Schedules On Line For Storm Recovery
An important part of the LIRR’s improved communications efforts is the posting of special Storm Recovery Timetables on our website (www.mta.info) so that customers know what level of service to expect either during or as we come out of a storm.Four modified schedules have been created. Depending on storm conditions, one of the following modified schedules may be implemented:
Modified Schedule 1: A normal morning or evening rush hour schedule, but with up to 20 trains canceled and/or combined.
Modified Schedule 2: LIRR weekend schedule with 37 extra trains added.
Modified Schedule 3: LIRR trains operate at one-hour intervals on only the LIRR's four key branches – Port Washington, Port Jefferson (between NY and
Huntington), Ronkonkoma and Babylon – with shuttle train service between Jamaica and Atlantic Terminal.
Modified Schedule 4: LIRR trains operate at two-hour intervals only on the LIRR’s four key branches – Port Washington, Port Jefferson (between NY and Huntington only), Ronkonkoma and Babylon. There would be no service between Jamaica Station and Atlantic Terminal.
Details of each modified schedule will be listed on the LIRR website. When a storm-related service disruption requires implementation of one of these modified schedules, the LIRR will post a service advisory on its website notifying customers which modified schedule is in effect. A customer E-Alert and a news media advisory will also be issued. Depending upon storm conditions, which can change frequently, modifications of the four modified schedules mentioned above may be implemented.
2011 OTP Up Almost 1%; Ending the Year with Ridership Growth
Overall on-time-performance for 2011 was 93.71% compared to 92.76% for 2010. December overall OTP was 95.97%, the highest overall monthly OTP for 2011. Branch OTP statistics are available on the LIRR website at mta.info. In addition, December, 2011 was the fourth consecutive month of ridership growth. Total ridership was up 4.9% for December with commutation ridership up 1.1% and non-commutation ridership up 10%.
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