The Wearin' of the Green & The LIRR Go Well Together
From west to all the way east, the Long Island Rail Road will be providing additional service for celebrants of two major St. Patrick's Day parades this year. On Saturday, March 16, there will be 19 additional trains, nine westbound and ten eastbound, to and from Penn Station for those attending the “Grand Daddy” of all St. Patrick’s Day Parades in Manhattan. Customers are advised to purchase round-trip LIRR tickets and MetroCards in advance to avoid lines at Penn Station. Family Fares are in effect throughout the weekend, allowing up to four children (ages 5-11) to ride for the advance purchase price of $1 apiece each way when accompanied by a fare-paying adult. Those traveling to the NYC parade from LIRR stations in Queens may find CityTicket to be an economical option at $4 each way. CityTicket is only valid on the day of purchase at LIRR ticket windows or ticket machines located in Manhattan, Brooklyn or Queens. It is not sold on-board trains.
On Sunday, March 17, the LIRR will provide service for celebrants attending the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Montauk, approximately 110 miles east of Manhattan. There will be an extra westbound train after the parade, departing Montauk at 1:23 PM, in addition to three regularly scheduled trains at 3:35 PM, 5:35 PM and 7:33 PM.
In an effort to maintain orderly travel for customers, alcoholic beverages will not be permitted on trains, platforms and stations from 12:01 AM, Saturday, March 16 through 5:00 AM, Sunday, March 17 and through 11:59 PM, Sunday, March 17 on Montauk Branch trains, platforms and stations. Any alcoholic beverage observed or found will be confiscated by MTA Police. For further details customers should consult the MTA website.
Passover and Good Friday Extra Service
The LIRR will provide nine additional eastbound trains from Penn Station on Monday, March 25 and on Friday, March 29 for customers departing early for Passover and Good Friday. The extra trains, between 2 PM and 4 PM, will operate on the Babylon, Far Rockaway, Port Jefferson and Port Washington branches. Please check your branch timetable for exact departure times.
Let LIRR Drive You to the Auto Show and Save
The New York International Auto Show will be back at the Jacob Javits Center this year from March 29 through April 7 and train wheels are still the most convenient way to roll in to the City to see all the hottest new cars and trucks. The LIRR discount package includes up to 30% savings with LIRR off-peak round trip rail fare and Auto Show admission.
Yankee Fans Rejoice!
With the start of the baseball season just around the corner, the LIRR is the way for Yankee fans to get an inside look at their team. The LIRR’s New York Yankees Behind-the-Scenes Tour presented by MasterCard includes savings of up to 39% on round trip LIRR railfare and tour admission. The tour features a visit to Monument Park, the New York Yankees Museum presented by Bank of America, the MasterCard Batter’s Eye Café and the Press Box. Tickets can be purchased at LIRR Ticket Windows and full service Ticket Machines. Check tour availability in advance by calling (212) YANKEES or check out www.yankees.com.
The Mets and The LIRR-Great Together
We can’t mention the Yankees without a word about their crosstown rivals and the “only” team for many LIRR customers—the Mets. As fans know, the Mets home opener against the Padres is on April 1 and the LIRR is still the most convenient way to Citi Field. LIRR service to Mets/Willets Point Station is available on eastbound Port Washington Branch trains from Penn Station and westbound trains from Great Neck and Port Washington. The train ride is just 18 minutes from Penn Station to Mets/Willets Point Station. For those traveling on the LIRR from Long Island, the new ballpark is just six minutes from Woodside, 17 minutes from Great Neck and 27 minutes from Port Washington. From Long Island, customers may go directly to the stadium from Port Washington Branch stations. Customers from other branches should transfer at Woodside.
Port Washington Service Affected By Manhasset
Viaduct Work Timber replacement work on the Manhasset Viaduct on the Port Washington Branch means bus service for east of Great Neck customers the weekends of March 23-24 and April 13-14. Affected customers (Manhasset, Plandome and Port Washington stations) will experience up to 25 minutes additional travel time.
Hempstead Branch Track Work Affects Weekend Trains
Due to concrete tie replacement work eastbound Hempstead Branch trains will not stop at Hollis or Queens Village starting at 10:20 PM Fridays continuing until 3:30 AM, Mondays on the following weekends: March 22-25, April 5-8, April 12-15, April 19-22, April 26-29, May 3-6 and May 17-20. Hollis and Queens Village eastbound customers will transfer to buses at Jamaica to complete their trips. Also, at Hollis and Queens Village stations, customers travelling eastbound will board buses up to 27 minutes earlier than normal for buses to Bellerose where they will transfer to eastbound Hempstead trains. Affected customers should pick up a copy of the Special Hempstead Branch timetable at their station or at all terminals.
Far Rockaway Crossing Renewal
One of the two main tracks between Valley Stream and Far Rockaway will be out of service during the weekend of April 6-7 while the LIRR modernizes the West Broadway grade crossing in Woodmere. Far Rockaway Branch and Hempstead Branch departure times will be adjusted by 30 minutes in order to accommodate this work. Please check the special Far Rockaway Branch timetable for April 6-7 which will be available at branch stations and at terminals.
February overall on-time-performance was 93.51%.
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