A popular chain of Mexican food eateries has a special deal for Long Island Rail Road commuters on Wednesday.
To kick off its new partnership with the LIRR through the railroad's My LIRR Loyalty program, Chipotle will offer monthly ticketholders a special buy-one, get-one-free offer at all its New York, New Jersey and Connecticut restaurants, a spokeswoman said.
"From open to close, guests who stop by any participating location and show their valid Long Island Rail Road Monthly Ticket at the register will score BOGO burritos, tacos, salads or bowls," the Chipotle spokeswoman said.
The LIRR last week launched the customer loyalty program, which allows monthly pass holders discounts for local businesses.
Through My LIRR Loyalty, the railroad has partnered with more than 70 merchants to provide discounts for restaurants, hotels, fitness centers, sporting events, museums, shows and other entertainment.
"My philosophy is and has always centered around providing reliable train service, clean cars and stations, and outstanding customer service," LIRR president Phillip Eng said in a statement. “That goal now extends beyond riding our rails as we strive to show our customers how much we appreciate them. I'm excited that we're able to offer these programs designed with our customers in mind to give our monthly ticket holders extra perks to further enjoy Long Island and New York City."
Both Long Island and New York City businesses are among those offering discounts, including the Long Island Aquarium, Adventureland and the Christmas Spectacular starring the Radio City Rockettes. More information about the program is available at mta.info/LIRR/mylirrloyalty.
Kristen Reyes, general manager of the Hotel Indigo, in Riverhead, said Tuesday that, hours after the promotion was announced, the hotel had already booked a guest who took advantage of the 15 percent discount for LIRR commuters.
“I know the program just started, so that was exciting,” Reyes said. “Anytime we can work with the Long Island Rail Road to promote our beautiful region, we’re excited.”
The discounts became effective on Monday, and have varying expiration dates — many well into 2019. The railroad is also encouraging more businesses to become part of My LIRR Loyalty.
The program is the latest effort by the railroad to give commuters extra value for their monthly tickets, which can range in price from $190 to $500 and are expected to go up more early next year.
Over the summer, the railroad introduced a program that allowed monthly ticket holders to ride the railroad anywhere throughout the system on Saturdays at no extra charge and bring up to four guests paying $1 each way.
LIRR commuter Eric Trinagel pushed for the railroad to provide added value for their tickets in an online petition he began last month that has already racked up more than 2,800 signatures. On Tuesday, Trinagel, of Commack, called the My LIRR Loyalty program a “good start.”
Trinagel said the discounts for businesses located in and around Penn Station were particularly useful, and said he planned to take up Shake Shack on the offer for a free hot coffee with the purchase of a breakfast sandwich.
“Everything else depends on time,” said Trinagel, adding that he doesn’t plan on hanging out in Penn Station any longer than he has to. “I like to try to get out of there.”