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LIRR adds trains, bans alcohol for St. Patrick's Day parade in NYC

Samantha Coppola, of Dobbs Ferry, enjoys the New

Samantha Coppola, of Dobbs Ferry, enjoys the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade. (March 17, 2012) Photo Credit: Chris Ware

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:

Westbound to Penn Station Babylon branch: Three trains leave Wantagh at 8:37 a.m., 9:41 a.m. and 10:22 a.m.

Port Washington branch: Three trains leave Port Washington at 10:10 a.m., 11:10 a.m. and 12:10 p.m., making all local stops to Flushing-Main St., then Woodside and Penn Station.

Ronkonkoma branch: Three additional trains leave Ronkonkoma at 7:18 a.m., 8:18 a.m. and 9:18 a.m., making all local stops to Mineola, then New Hyde Park, Jamaica, Woodside and Penn Station.


Eastbound from

Penn Station

Babylon branch: Three additional trains depart Penn Station at 2:28 p.m., 2:58 p.m. and 3:58 p.m., stopping at Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Jamaica and Lynbrook, then all local stops to Babylon.

Port Washington branch: Three additional trains depart Penn Station at 3:37 p.m., 4:37 p.m. and 5:48 p.m., stopping at Woodside, Flushing-Main Street and all local stops to Port Washington.

Ronkonkoma branch: Four additional trains depart Penn Station at 2:47 p.m., 3:47 p.m., 4:47 p.m., 5:47 p.m. stopping at Woodside, Jamaica, Mineola, Hicksville and all local stops to Ronkonkoma.

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