Harvest, Wine & Oyster Fest Getaways for the Fall
The LIRR is the way to go to get out of the house and see the sights during the great fall weather. Three ways to help get over any summer “blues” are the Orchard Harvest Getaway on September 21, the Long Island Wine Country Getaway on October 5 and the Oyster Festival on October 19 and October 20. The Orchard Harvest Getaway includes visits to country farms and a picturesque village on the North Fork. The Long Island Wine Country Getaway includes visits to two outstanding North Fork wineries and a stop at a local farm, if time permits. The Oyster Festival is Long Island’s largest waterfront street fair. In addition to the legendary oyster eating contests, there are 23 food vendors along with 150 arts and crafts booths. For the latest detailed information on these great fall getaways, consult the LIRR website. For more ways to get out of town, visit iloveny.com.
"Taste Of New York" Now Available on LIRR Bar Carts
The LIRR has begun stocking New York State produced wine and beer on its bar carts as part of Governor Cuomo’s effort to promote New York businesses and create jobs. The bar carts are located in Penn Station, Atlantic Terminal, Jamaica Station and Hunterspoint Avenue. The full list of New York products available on the carts is a work in progress but initially will include Brooklyn Lager Beer, Hazlitt White Riesling and Schooner Red Blend. Items that can be purchased from the carts also include non-alcoholic beverages, bottled water, pretzels and peanuts. Enjoy!
LIRR To The Game Is An Easy TD!
As football season kicks off, fan hopes are high that the Giants and the Jets can go all the way to the Super Bowl, which,coincidentally this season, will be played outdoors at MetLife Stadium, the home of our two favorite NFL teams. It’s a great opportunity to take the Train to the Game without the hassle of driving. Getting to the game(s) via the train(s) is easy. First, before boarding the train, purchase your joint round-trip LIRR/New Jersey Transit ticket to “Meadowlands” at a Long Island Rail Road ticket machine or your local ticket office. After your ticket is in hand, take an LIRR train to Penn Station, then proceed to New Jersey Transit’s concourse to board an NJT train to Secaucus Junction, about a 12-minute ride.
At Secaucus Junction, show your rail ticket at the gate and follow the signs to the lower level for the short train shuttle ride to the Stadium. LIRR and NJT trains are not direct connections, so be sure to time your trip accordingly.
Please note: the joint LIRR/NJT ticket is available at LIRR stations on Long Island and in Queens. It is not sold onboard trains, at Penn Station or at Atlantic Terminal. For further details about the Train to the Game check out the LIRR website.
First Annual Car Free Day Long Island
The LIRR is always looking for new ways to encourage Long Islanders to take the train. You can help by talking to friends and neighbors about World Car Free Day, which is coming to Long Island on Friday, September 20. Car Free Day provides the opportunity to consider the negative impact of single occupancy vehicles. Using cars less by taking transit, carpooling, biking, walking and telecommuting helps reduce traffic, conserves energy, reduces harmful emissions and saves money!
For more information and to pledge to be car free or car-lite on September 20, visit the Car Free Day LI website at www.carfreedayli.com. Once you pledge you’ll automatically be entered for a chance to win great prizes.
Take the Train to the Bus to the Plane
There’s a new bus in town and it goes to LaGuardia Airport with faster, more convenient service and easy LIRR connections. The Q70 Limited bus provides direct, full-time, limited-stop service from the railroad’s Woodside Station to Terminals B,C and D inside LaGuardia Airport. Travel time on the Q70 LTD is approximately 10 to 15 minutes between Woodside and LaGuardia. The fare is $2.50. The Q70 Limited operates around the clock, seven days a week. The bus is outfitted with special luggage racks, so air travelers can stow their stuff as they take the easy way to their flight. Visit mta.info for further info.
Westbury Platform Work Affects Boarding & Exiting
Beginning September 23, repair work on Westbury Station’s north side platform will affect how customers board and exit trains at that station. The platform repairs will take place at the main entrance for the waiting room. During this project, which is expected to be completed in about two weeks, westbound customers will be required to board in the last six cars of their trains. Eastbound Westbury-bound customers on the 5:33 PM train from Penn Station will need to be in the first six cars. Other cars will not platform on the north side at Westbury while the work is underway. We request that customers listen for onboard announcements and allow extra time to walk to the appropriate cars for easy boarding and exiting at the Westbury Station’s north side platform.
They Were Lost but Now They're Found
Ever leave your train and discover, to your chagrin, that your Cellphone, briefcase or that department store item you just purchased somehow stayed behind? Nearly 15,000 items are turned in to the LIRR’s Lost & Found office every year. The good news is that the LIRR Lost and Found staff is hard at work reuniting customers with their misplaced items. Since 2011, the return recovery rate for lost items went from 51.5% to over 60%, according to the most recent statistics. We have established a Lost & Found process designed to recover and return as many items as possible to our customers. If you’re trying to track down a lost item, the first step is to check out the Lost & Found pages on our website, then look at the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s),and finally, complete and submit the customer lost property inquiry form.
The LIRR Lost & Found Office is located at:
Penn Station - LIRR Concourse Level Main Gate area (across from Tracks 13 & 14; to right of Seventh Ave escalators)
Hours: Weekdays: 7:20 AM - 7:20 PM
Closed: Saturday, Sunday and Holidays
On Saturday, September 21, the LIRR will participate in the 17th Annual Breast Cancer Victory Day event, held by the Mather-St. Charles Health Alliance to honor those whose lives have been touched by breast cancer. Two cars of a regularly scheduled train from Penn Station to Port Jefferson will be set aside for participants traveling to Mather Hospital for the Victory Day event. To register or for more information, call 631-686-7878 or visit www.matherhospital.org/victory.
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