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

Published on : Saturday, November 23, 2013

MTA Railway imageWith 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.


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 purchased 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


The 11:40 AM, 12:09 PM, 12:40 PM and 1:09 PM trains from Penn Station stopping at Jamaica, Rockville Centre, then all local stops to Babylon.


Huntington/Port Jefferson Branch


The 12:02 PM from Penn Station, stopping at Jamaica, New Hyde Park and all stops to Huntington.


The 12:06 PM train from Penn Station, stopping at Jamaica, Mineola, Hicksville, then all stops to Port Jefferson.


Ronkonkoma Branch












Black Friday, November 29





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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