Extra LIRR trains to roll Thanksgiving weekend

John Feinberg uses his iphone and ipad while

John Feinberg uses his iphone and ipad while commuting home from school on the LIRR. (October 24, 2012) (Credit: Jeremy Bales)

Extra trains and special off-peak fares are being offered to holiday travelers for the four-day Thanksgiving weekend, the Long Island Rail Road said.

The LIRR will operate additional trains Wednesday and on Thanksgiving. On Friday, the LIRR will run a near-normal weekday train schedule, although off-peak fares will be in effect all day.

Riders also can use the Family Fare discount, in which as many as four children ages 5 to 11 go one way for just 75 cents each when accompanied by a fare-paying parent or guardian. Weekly and monthly ticket holders just pay for the kids. Children under 5 ride free.


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Thanksgiving weekend marks the start of extra weekend trains that will run for six weekends through Dec. 30.

The enhanced service begins Wednesday -- on the eve of Thanksgiving -- for those leaving work or headed home early for the holiday. Nine extra trains will leave Penn Station between 2:08 p.m. and 3:48 p.m. and one extra train will depart from Hunterspoint Avenue at 4:06 p.m.

Because of superstorm Sandy's flood damage to the electrical substations on the Long Beach branch, the LIRR will provide diesel shuttle service between Long Beach and Lynbrook between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m. both Wednesday and on Friday.

Please consult the LIRR's website at mta.info/lirr for details.

Beginning the Saturday after Thanksgiving and continuing through New Year's Day, customers will find added weekend service for the holiday season. The holiday timetables are dated Nov. 12, and feature six holiday service weekends: Nov. 24-25, Dec. 1-2, Dec. 8-9, Dec. 15-16, Dec. 22-23 and Dec. 29-30.

The LIRR suggests that riders purchase tickets in advance. Round-trip tickets, including MetroCards for connecting subway and bus service, can be purchased in advance, saving time and avoiding lines at ticket windows.

Open alcoholic beverage containers will not be allowed on LIRR trains, stations or on platforms from 8 p.m. Wednesday through 5 a.m. Thanksgiving Day.

The altered holiday schedule:

Wednesday

Extra afternoon service from Penn Station includes three trains on the Port Jefferson branch (one to Hicksville, two to Huntington), three on the Babylon branch and one each on the Port Washington branch to Great Neck and on the Far Rockaway branch. An extra train will depart Hunterspoint Avenue on the Montauk branch.

Port Jefferson to Hicksville/Huntington:

2:08 p.m. stopping at Jamaica, Mineola, then all stops to Huntington.

2:29 p.m. stopping at Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Jamaica, New Hyde Park, then all stops to Huntington.

3:24 p.m. stopping at Jamaica, Mineola, Westbury and Hicksville.

Babylon branch

2:32 p.m. express to Lynbrook, then all stops to Babylon.

3 p.m. stopping at Jamaica, Rockville Centre, then all stops to Babylon.

3:31 p.m. express to Rockville Centre, then all stops to Babylon.

Port Washington to Great Neck

3:40 p.m. stopping at Woodside, Flushing-Main Street, then all stops to Great Neck.

Far Rockaway branch

3:48 p.m. express to Locust Manor, then all stops to Far Rockaway.

Montauk branch

The eastbound Montauk train that normally operates Fridays-only will operate on Wednesday. The train is the 4:06 p.m. from Hunterspoint Avenue, stopping at Jamaica, then operating express to Westhampton, making all local stops to Montauk.

The 4:01 p.m. train from Penn Station to Huntington connects with the Montauk train at Jamaica.

Thanksgiving Day

Twenty-two extra trains will run for those attending the parade or visiting family -- including nine extra westbound and 14 extra eastbound trains. Cars will be added to certain trains to accommodate holiday travelers.

Babylon branch

7:01 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. trains from Wantagh, making all stops to Lynbrook, Jamaica and Penn Station.

Montauk branch from Speonk

12:21 p.m. from Speonk, making all stops to Babylon, Jamaica and Penn Station.

Ronkonkoma Branch (two added trains)

6:10 a.m. and 7:10 a.m. trains from Ronkonkoma, making all stops to Hicksville, Mineola, Jamaica, Woodside and Penn Station.

Port Jefferson branch

6:01 a.m. from Port Jefferson, making all stops to Huntington, Jamaica and Penn Station.

Port Washington branch

7:10 a.m., 8:10 a.m. and 9:10 a.m. trains from Port Washington, making all stops to Flushing-Main St., Woodside and Penn Station.

Between 11:33 a.m. and 1:36 p.m., 14 extra eastbound trains will depart from Penn Station to accommodate customers returning from the parade. Four of the extra trains will operate on the Babylon branch, four on the Ronkonkoma branch, three on the Port Washington branch, two on the Port Jefferson branch and one on the Montauk branch to Speonk.

Branch timetables dated Nov. 12-Dec. 16 contain regular eastbound departures from Penn Station, as well as the times of the extra trains.

The extra eastbound trains from Penn Station include:

Babylon branch

11:54 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 12:56 p.m. and 1:22 p.m. trains from Penn Station, stopping at Jamaica, Rockville Centre, then all local stops to Babylon.

Montauk branch

6:09 a.m. train from Penn Station, stopping at Jamaica, Freeport, then all local stops to Speonk.

Ronkonkoma branch

11:33 a.m. train from Penn Station, stopping at Woodside, Jamaica, Hicksville, Bethpage, Farmingdale, then all stops to Ronkonkoma.

12:33 p.m. train from Penn Station, stopping at Woodside, Jamaica, New Hyde Park, Mineola, Carle Place, Hicksville, Bethpage, Farmingdale, then all stops to Ronkonkoma.

1:05 p.m. train from Penn Station, stopping at Woodside, Jamaica, New Hyde Park, then all stops to Farmingdale.

1:34 p.m. train from Penn Station, stopping at Woodside, Jamaica, Hicksville, Bethpage, Farmingdale, then all stops to Ronkonkoma.

Port Jefferson/Huntington branch

12:03 p.m. train from Penn Station, stopping at Jamaica, New Hyde Park, then all stops to Huntington.

12:07 p.m. train from Penn Station, stopping at Jamaica, Mineola, Hicksville, then all stops to Port Jefferson.

Port Washington branch

11:36 a.m., 12:36 p.m. and 1:36 p.m. trains from Penn Station, stopping at Woodside, Flushing-Main Street, then all stops to Port Washington.

Friday

LIRR trains will operate on a near-normal weekday schedule with the exception of the diesel shuttle service on the Long Beach branch from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Off-peak fares will be in effect all day Friday.

Saturday & Sunday

The LIRR will operate on a regular weekend schedule with off-peak fares on both days -- with the exception of shuttle bus service for the Long Beach branch between Long Beach and Lynbrook from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m..

Starting Saturday, the LIRR is adding extra weekend trains to New York City. The added weekend holiday service continues on five additional weekends: Dec. 1-2, Dec. 8-9, Dec. 15-16, Dec. 22-23 and Dec. 29-30.

The extra trains are on the following branches:

Port Washington branch

Eight extra westbound trains are being added Saturday and Sunday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. and eastbound between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Long Beach branch

Eight extra trains are being added to the Saturday and Sunday schedule westbound between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. and eastbound between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. The additional trains mean the LIRR will be providing half-hourly service during this holiday travel time period.

Port Jefferson branch

One overnight train between Penn Station and Huntington will be added.

Babylon branch

One overnight train between Penn Station and Babylon will be added.

Ronkonkoma Branch

Three westbound trains between Farmingdale and Penn Station will be added to Saturday and Sunday schedules between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., and three eastbound trains between Penn Station and Farmingdale will be added to the weekend schedules between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

These trains were added for the new Nov. 12 timetable; they will remain part of the regular schedule after the holiday.

Additional service alterations for the holidays have been made on Metro-North Railroad and the Staten Island Railway. To ease Thanksgiving travel, routine maintenance and temporary construction work at all MTA bridges and tunnel crossings will be suspended beginning at noon Wednesday until Monday morning.

Customers can call 511, the New York State Travel Information Line (say: Long Island Rail Road) for more information, or visit mta.info/lirr/. Hearing-impaired customers can use their preferred relay service provider for the free 711 relay to reach LIRR at 511.

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