With summer closing in, the Long Island Rail Road on Monday instituted its new systemwide train timetables, including the Cannonball to Montauk, the “fastest way to the East End.”
The commuter service’s summer timetables will remain in effect until Sept. 5 and are designed to help the “weekend traveler,” the LIRR said.
It’s Cannonball service to Montauk — popular among young city residents looking for a weekend getaway — is a major part of the new timetables, the LIRR said in a news release.
The Cannonball express departs from Penn Station at 4:06 p.m. each Friday with stops in the Hamptons and Montauk, dropping off passengers in Westhampton in 95 minutes.
The return Cannonball train leaves Montauk on Sundays at 6:37 p.m. Prices vary depending on desired seating.
Last summer’s Cannonball run brought concerns about overcrowding on the trains and excessive drinking, even as Montauk residents and regulars tried to rein in the hamlet’s night life and discourage rowdy weekend partyers.
The Cannonball isn’t the only eastbound addition as summer approaches.
The LIRR is also adding a 12:43 p.m. from Jamaica to Speonk on weekdays, a 4:06 p.m. train from Penn Station to Montauk on Thursdays, and several additional trains to Montauk from various locations on Fridays in addition to the Cannonball.
Summer Fridays will also see additional two train times added for service to Fire Island’s ferry services in Babylon, Bay Shore, Sayville and Patchogue to help alleviate crowding on eastbound trains. The 8:04 a.m. from Jamaica and 10:59 a.m. from Penn Station start July 1.
For those heading to the North Fork, the 5:21 p.m. Friday train from Ronkonkoma to Yaphank will include a Greenport stop starting May 27, and an 8:38 p.m. from Greenport to Jamaica will make all stops to Ronkonkoma.
Long Beach and Jones Beach are also getting a boost in weekend service — extra trains will run from Penn Station at 7:45 a.m., 9:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. to Freeport to meet buses to Jones Beach. An additional train will run from Penn Station to Long Beach at 10:08 a.m. and back at 4:57 p.m.
In addition to the summer schedules, LIRR officials have also scheduled track work, which may impact commuters in coming weeks. Customers on the Far Rockaway, Long Beach, West Hempstead, Oyster Bay and Port Washington branches may see service replaced by vans or buses on some stretches and some trains will have departure times pushed backward or forward.
Consult the latest timetables and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority for up-to-date information on the projects.
With Gary Dymski