Additional Long Island Rail Road train service to the North Fork may be on its way, officials announced Tuesday.
LIRR officials at the Southold Town Board’s work session presented a summary of schedule changes that would add an additional train to and from Greenport and double train service to the station on weekends.
The weekday schedule would increase the number of daily trains serving Greenport — part of the Ronkonkoma branch service — to four from three, with the new train to arrive in Greenport at 8:54 a.m., departing at 9:50 a.m. and arriving at Penn Station at 12:40 p.m.
The weekday change would start in September, LIRR officials said. The new weekend schedule would run from May through December, starting next year, officials said.
Neb Brashich, chairman of Southold’s Town Transportation Commission, said the additional trains represented a “significant response” from LIRR officials toward providing additional transportation options for people on the North Fork. He applauded LIRR officials for “listening to us and coming forth with this proposal for the town and the port.”
“It’s a service that the North Fork has obviously been asking for,” said Steve Ellinghaus, manager of fleet, shops and yards strategy in the Strategic Investments Department at the LIRR.
Anthony Kingren, senior manager of timetables, schedules and strategies for the LIRR, said that once the new service is added, “we will be monitoring the ridership levels.”