LIRR Cannonball Service Returns For 2016

The infamous LIRR Cannonball express service to The Hamptons will be debuting for the 2016 year this Friday. Here is more via the official press release:

The Long Island Rail Road’s popular Cannonball express, offering premium Hamptons Reserve service and the fastest ride from Manhattan to Montauk, debuts Memorial Day Weekend with the Cannonball East departing Penn Station on Friday, May 27 at 4:06 p.m.

Ticket sales for the Cannonball East’s three Hampton Reserve cars on the May 27 departure is already sold out. When the double-decker train pulls out of Penn Station, more than 1,000 additional customers will have filled the nine non-reserved cars on a first-come, first-served basis. And don’t fret if you miss the Cannonball because trains bound for Montauk continue to depart from Penn Station, Hunterspoint Ave. and Jamaica through the rest of the day.
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“Nothing is faster than the Cannonball on Friday afternoons,” said LIRR President Patrick A. Nowakowski. “We are beefing up our Montauk service to meet the summer demand and working to make sure that everyone rides comfortably by strict enforcement of our boarding rules. The LIRR is the best way to beat the traffic and avoid the parking hassles and make the most of your weekend getaway in the Hamptons and Montauk this summer.”

Hamptons Reserve Service:

Hampton Reserve seating is available by advance reservation, offering the comfort of a reserved seat as well as at-your-seat bar and snack service. To purchase Reserve seating, all the information you need is on the MTA LIRR website http://web.mta.info/lirr/hamptons/HR-ReservationForm-2016.pdf. Customers unable to get a reservation due to the date(s) being sold out will be placed on a waiting list and filled starting at noon on the Thursday before the Cannonball’s departure.

Cannonball East:

The Cannonball East departs Penn Station on Fridays at 4:06 p.m. from Penn Station – May 27th through September 2nd and travels non-stop to Westhampton in 95 minutes, also stopping at Southampton, Bridgehampton, East Hampton and Montauk. For the July 4th holiday weekend, the Cannonball East departs on Friday July 1. Hamptons Reserve seating is $49.25 one-way. The remaining cars are filled on a first come, first-served basis priced at the regular one-way peak fare of $28.25.

Cannonball West:

Departs Montauk on Sundays (Mondays on May 30, July 4, & September 5) at 6:37 p.m., stopping at East Hampton at 7:01 p.m., Bridgehampton 7:10 p.m., Southampton 7:20 p.m., Hampton Bays 7:31 p.m., Westhampton 7:39 p.m. and then Jamaica at 9:10 p.m. and Penn Station at 9:31 p.m. Hamptons Reserve seating is $41.25, and again, the Cannonball’s remaining seats are priced at regular Weekend Off-Peak fare of $20.25

Buy Your Tickets in Advance:

Customers are advised to buy tickets in advance since on-board fares are higher.

Rules for Boarding and Riding the Cannonball Safely:

Safety is always the top priority on the Long Island Rail Road. Cannonball seats are in great demand, but to prevent overcrowding and ensure a comfortable ride, the LIRR will announce and enforce the following rules with the assistance of the MTA Police.

• Car doors will be closed when it is determined a car has reached ridership capacity.

• Car isles and doorways will be kept clear of obstructions at all times.

• Seats must be free of luggage.

• All carry-ons must be stored under seats or on overhead racks.

Additional Montauk Branch Summer Service Enhancements:

Eastbound:

• 12:43 p.m. from Jamaica to Speonk every weekday.

• 4:06 p.m. from Penn Station to Montauk on Thursdays.

• 1:47 p.m. on Fridays from Hunterspoint Ave. to Montauk; 5:09 p.m. on Fridays from Penn Station to Montauk and the 7:38 p.m. on Fridays from Jamaica to Montauk.

Westbound:

• 4 p.m. summer Sunday and holiday departure from Montauk will operate through to Hunterspoint Ave. and Long Island City.

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Metro North Sat Schedule Remains In Place

Due to the fire yesterday underneath the Park Avenue viaduct, MTA Metro-North will continue to run on a Saturday schedule until further notice. Here is more via the official release:

Limited train service continues into and out of Grand Central Terminal following a massive four alarm fire Tuesday night at a local business at 118th Street under Metro-North Railroad’s Park Avenue Viaduct.

Harlem-125th Street Station Customers: Between 5 pm and 8 pm tonight, all inbound trains will not make stops and some outbound express trains will not make stops at Harlem-125th Street Station in order to relieve congestion in the affected area. Please listen for announcements.

Customers are encouraged to take a subway connection as an alternate service in and out of New York City as follows:

• Hudson Line customers can take train service to/from Yankees-East 153rd Street with subway connections to the Lexington Ave. 4 train, D train or the 1 train at 225 St-Marble Hill Station.

• Harlem Line customers can take train service to/from Wakefield Station with subway connections to the 2 train at 241st Street.

• New Haven Line customers can take train service to/from Woodlawn Station with subway connections to 2 train and 5 train at 233rd Street.

NYC Transit is cross-honoring Metro-North tickets at Grand Central, Harlem-125th Street and the Bronx stations.

Hudson Line customers: NJ TRANSIT is cross-honoring Hudson Line tickets on Port Jervis and Pascack Valley Line trains.

Until further notice, a Saturday schedule will remain in effect on all three lines. Customers should refer to the schedules page at http://as0.mta.info/mnr/schedules/sched_form.cfm or a timetable for schedule information.

Between 5 pm and 8 pm, customers should expect delays and extremely crowded conditions. As such, customers are encouraged to stagger their departures out of Grand Central Terminal.

Metro-North crews are working around the clock to make temporary repairs to a section of the viaduct which requires the two inside tracks to remain out of service. Trains are safely operating on the two outside tracks of the viaduct with train speeds reduced from 60 mph to a maximum allowable speed of 30 mph.

As soon as the temporary repairs are completed, Metro-North will perform structural tests and tests of train movement over the viaduct. If testing proves successful, restricted speed train service could then resume over the tracks that are currently out of service. The construction and testing process is expected to take 24 to 48 hours to complete.

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Metro North Making Temporary Viaduct Repairs

After yesterday’s fire, MTA Metro-North Railroad has been working around the clock to make temporary repairs to the Park Avenue viaduct. Here is more via the official presser:

In order to restore full train service as quickly as possible, MTA Metro-North Railroad crews are working around the clock to make temporary repairs to the railroad’s Park Avenue Viaduct in Manhattan that was damaged by a four-alarm fire underneath the viaduct on Tuesday evening.

The fire caused structural damage to one steel supporting column and three adjacent horizontal steel girders that run east-west along the width of the underside of the viaduct and are known in engineering terminology as floor beam stringers. Because of the structural damage, Metro-North has taken the inside two of the viaduct’s four tracks out of service, and put a speed restriction in place on the two outside tracks.

As a result of the track restrictions, Metro-North is operating on a Saturday schedule until further notice.

Scores of workers from Metro-North’s engineering division are installing six temporary steel columns that will surround the damaged column and connect to it and to one another. Once in place, the seven columns, braced together, will function as a single structure that will bear the weight of the overhead viaduct until permanent repairs can be put in place.

As soon as the temporary repairs are completed, Metro-North will perform structural tests including the impact of train movement over the viaduct. If testing proves successful, restricted speed train service could then resume over the tracks that are currently out of service. The construction and testing process is expected to take 24 to 48 hours to complete.

The fire did not cause any damage to Metro-North’s tracks, signals, or third rail power systems. The damaged column, located near the centerline of the viaduct, is an older, multi-piece “built-up” column design notable for its lattice-like steel appearance; portions of the column date to the initial construction of the viaduct in the 19th century. Columns on the east and west sides of the viaduct, which were put in place by Metro-North in the 1990s, are a newer design consisting of single monolithic blocks; they were not damaged by the fire.

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Service Diversions 05-13-16

I have just updated the Service Diversions for the weekend & through the end of next week.

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FASTRACK Comes To The F & G

MTA NYC Transit’s FASTRACK program will be making its Brooklyn debut on the F Train & G Train next week. Here is more via the official press release:

On Monday, May 16, for the first time, MTA New York City Transit brings FASTRACK to the lines in Brooklyn. For four consecutive weeknights from Monday, May 16 to early Friday morning, May 20, between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., trains will not stop at Bergen St, Carroll St, Smith-9 Sts, 4 Av-9 Sts, 15 St-Prospect Park, and Fort Hamilton Pkwy. service will be suspended between Church Av and Hoyt-Schermerhorn Sts. Free shuttle buses and trains will provide alternate service.

F & G trains will operate as follows:

• F trains will run express between Jay St-MetroTech and Church Av in both directions, stopping at 7 Av.

• G service will operate in two sections: Between Court Sq and Bedford-Nostrand Avs, and between Bedford-Nostrand Avs and Hoyt-Schermerhorn Sts.

• To continue your trip, transfer at Bedford-Nostrand Avs.

Travel Alternatives:

• Free shuttle buses operate between Jay St-MetroTech and Church Av, stopping at Bergen St, Carroll St, Smith-9 Sts, 4 Av-9 St, 7 Av, 15 St-Prospect Park sand Fort Hamilton Pkwy.

• Transfer between G & A trains at Hoyt-Schermerhorn Sts.

• Transfer between A & F trains at Jay St-MetroTech.

• Transfer between free shuttle buses and F trains at Jay St-MetroTech, 7 Av, or Church Av.

FASTRACK has been designed around the careful determination that there is adequate alternate means of transportation, including enhanced services along some bus lines during work periods. Alternative transportation options will be detailed in announcements and posters on trains, in stations and on selected buses; brochures will be available in both English and Spanish.

Wynton Habersham, Senior Vice President for the Department of Subways said “FASTRACK has proven to have a significant impact on decreasing delays-both in terms of consolidating maintenance forces in a concentrated area and in terms of proactive maintenance that improves service delivery.”

FASTRACK was introduced in January 2012, devoting four straight weeknights to perform maintenance work in tunnels, stations and on tracks, completely suspending service within a given line segment for a seven-hour period between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.. This gives free access to the system, allowing an army of maintenance workers to perform dozens of tasks repairing and replacing components that are vital to providing safe and reliable train service without the concern of having to “clear up” to allow trains to pass. FASTRACK efforts have been highly successful in providing a safer work environment for employees and improved station conditions for customers.

Our next FASTRACK overnight closure will be on the line between Bedford-Nostrand Avs and Church Av in Brooklyn for two consecutive weeks from June 6 to June 10, and June 13 to June 17.

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