In case of LIRR strike, MTA releases contingency plan: What you need to know


This shuttle bus map was released by the MTA as part of a contingency plan should Long Island Rail Road workers strike. Photo Credit: MTA

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With a strike looming, the MTA has released its contingency plan, including shuttle buses, carpooling stations and even a ferry to Manhattan.

Below are key points. For a full plan, visit the MTA's site.

Shuttle bus service

Key info:
-- 8 different pickup and drop-off locations
-- Operating in peak direction only: Inbound to New York City, 4:30 a.m. to  7:30 a.m., outbound from New York City, 3:30 p.m. to  7:30 p.m.
-- Must have an LIRR ticket to board shuttle bus; riders will not be charged a subway fare at morning drop-off point
-- Not expected to accommodate everyone; use as last resort
-- Buses will take riders to subway drop-off locations: Howard Beach Station, Citi Field, Woodhaven Boulevard Station


Nassau Community College to Howard Beach Station
Freeport LIRR Station to Howard Beach Station
Bellmore LIRR Station to Howard Beach Station
Seaford LIRR Station to Howard Beach Station
Manhasset LIRR Station to Citi Field
Deer Park LIRR Station to Citi Field
Ronkonkoma LIRR Station to Citi Field
Hicksville LIRR Station to Woodhaven Blvd. Station

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Park and ride

Key Info:
-- Two Locations: Citi Field and Aqueduct Race Track
-- No fee for parking
-- At Citi Field, lot closes to commuters at noon if there is an evening game, 9:30 a.m. if there an afternoon game.

Carpooling and  ride-sharing staging areas

Key Info:
-- 3 locations in Nassau County, 4 in Suffolk County, where riders can gather for carpools
-- HOV lanes will require 3-person minimum in cars
-- Parking is not unlimited


Belmont Lake State Park -- 656 spaces allocated for carpooling
Bethpage State Park -- 550 spaces allocated for carpooling
Farmingdale State College -- 1,000 spaces allocated for carpooling
Heckscher State Park -- 2,500 spaces allocated for carpooling
Hempstead State Park -- 398 spaces allocated for carpooling
Sunken Meadow State Par -- 3,000 spaces allocated for carpooling
Valley Stream State Park -- 352 spaces allocated for carpooling


Key Info:
-- Ferry service will run between Glen Cove Terminal and the East 34th Street Pier in Manhattan
-- Riders should display LIRR tickets, monthly passes upon boarding
-- Operating only during peak hours in peak directions
-- Trip takes 40 minutes
-- Capacity limited to 500 seats.
-- Parking limited at dock. Carpooling is recommended.

Nassau buses

-- N20 and N21 take riders to Flushing Subway station (7 train)
-- N31/N32, N33 take riders to Far Rockaway-Mott Ave. Station (A train)
-- N1, N6, N22, N24, N26 take riders to 179th Street Station (F train)
-- N4/N4X takes riders to Jamaica Center Station (E, J, Z trains)

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Other information

-- Familiarize yourself with the New York City subway map
-- Telecommute if you can

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