LIRR adds trains, bans alcohol for St. Patrick's Day parade in NYC
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Extra trains have been added Saturday to help revelers get to and from New York City's St. Patrick's Day Parade, the Long Island Rail Road said.
The LIRR also said alcoholic beverages will be banned from 12:01 a.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Sunday.
The extra trains -- nine westbound and 10 eastbound -- will supplement the commuter service's regular weekend schedule for Saturday.
The annual parade begins at 11 a.m. Saturday at West 44th Street and Fifth Avenue, marches past St. Patrick's Cathedral and finishes between 4:30 and 5 p.m. at East 79th Street.
Regular weekend, off-peak fares are in effect, including the Family Fare discount and CityTicket, the LIRR said. The Family Fare program allows up to four children (ages 5 to 11) to ride trains for $1 each (one way) when accompanied by a fare-paying parent or guardian.
Current weekly and monthly ticket holders just pay for youngsters; children younger than 5 ride free.
The alcohol ban is systemwide, the LIRR said. Any alcoholic beverage found on trains, stations and platforms will be confiscated by MTA police.
The additional trains include: