MTA Long Island Rail Road Offering Extra Service & Reduced Fares for the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend

Published on : Wednesday, November 27, 2013

MTA RailWith the beginning of the long Thanksgiving Weekend, MTA Long Island Rail Road is ready with additional train service to get travelers where they want to go and off-peak ticket pricing they will find very attractive.



Extra Trains for the Extended Four Day Weekend

The extra trains start rolling on Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, November 27, with extra afternoon eastbound trains to handle the expected getaway day rush home. On Thanksgiving Day, there are extra trains to get you to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and extra trains to get you home when the festivities are over. There will be extra trains on Saturday, November 30 and Sunday, December 1 as well, making travel to and from New York City, a snap for shopping, dining and entertainment.



Waiting Rooms Hours Extended 



And with heavy rain and winds predicted for tonight and Wednesday and high winds continuing into Thanksgiving Day, LIRR station waiting room hours will be extended for the comfort of our customers. Effective today waiting rooms will remain open all day and night for customers until normal posted closing hours on Friday.



MTA LIRR urges all our customers to take extra care when traveling. The Railroad is taking extra precautions to ensure safe travel. Please stay clear of the platform edges, use handrails on staircases and walk carefully when entering or exiting stations and boarding or leaving trains.



Alcohol Banned Overnight Wednesday into Thursday



In the interest of safety, alcohol will not allowed on LIRR trains, stations or platforms from 8PM Wednesday, November 27 through 5AM Thursday, November 28. MTA Police will enforce this restriction.



Off-Peak Fares in Effect Thursday thru Sunday

As a holiday bonus, the LIRR will offer tickets at off-peak prices over the four-day weekend from Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28 through Sunday, December 1. Additionally, the Railroad’s Family Fare Discount will be in effect all four days. That means kids ages 5-11 (limit of 4 children) can ride one-way for $1 when accompanied by a fare paying parent or guardian. However, those tickets must be purchased before you board the train. Weekly and monthly ticket holders pay just for the kids and, as always, children under 5 ride free.



Regular Weekday Schedule on Black Friday



On Black Friday, November 29, one of the busiest shopping days of the year, the LIRR will run on a regular weekday schedule, but tickets that day will be sold at the lower, off-peak fares.



Extra Service on Weekends through January 5



Additionally, the Thanksgiving weekend marks the start of extra weekend trains to and from Manhattan to meet the holiday season demand. The special weekend service will be available over the weekends of December 7-8, December 14-15, December 21-22, December 28-29 and January 4-5.


Reminder to Port Washington Branch Customers – Trains Every 30 Minutes


Trains are once again running every 30 minutes on Saturday and Sunday between Port Washington and Penn Station, a permanent service enhancement that arrived just in time for holiday travel.


Thanksgiving Weekend (Nov. 27-Dec. 1) Service Highlights
Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, November 27
Eastbound – 9 Extra Trains Departing from Penn Station
Babylon Branch

Port Jefferson Branch 

Port Washington Branch
Far Rockaway Branch
Montauk Branch
Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28
Throughout Thanksgiving Day, a holiday schedule will be in effect. A total of 17 extra trains are being added to the holiday schedule for those attending the Thanksgiving Day Parade or visiting families – including 6 extra westbound and 11 extra eastbound trains. Cars will also be added to select trains to accommodate holiday travelers.
Westbound – 6 Extra Trains Heading into Penn Station
Babylon Branch
Huntington/Port Jefferson Branch
Ronkonkoma Branch
Montauk Branch
Eastbound – 11 Extra Trains Departing from Penn Station
Babylon Branch

Huntington/Port Jefferson Branch

Ronkonkoma Branch
Black Friday, November 29
LIRR trains will operate on a normal weekday schedule on Friday, November 29 with Off-Peak fares in effect the entire day.
Saturday, November 30 and Sunday, December 1
The LIRR will add four westbound trains and six eastbound trains to its regular weekend schedule on Saturday, November30 and Sunday, December 1 and continue to offer the enhanced train service for five additional weekends to make travel to and from the city more convenient for shopping, dining and entertainment. Those weekends are December 7-8, December 14-15, December 21-22 and December 28-29 and January 4-5. The extra weekend trains are as follows:
Long Beach Branch


Babylon Branch
Port Jefferson Branch


Source:- MTA

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