LIRR Thanksgiving Service Plan Info

Here are the complete details for the LIRR’s Thanksgiving service plan:

Thanksgiving weekend heralds the start of the busy holiday season and the MTA Long Island Rail Road is ready with additional service to get travelers where they want to be. Avoid traffic and parking fees by taking the LIRR. Additional trains will operate on Wednesday, November 23 and on Thanksgiving Day, November 24 and, as an extra bonus, off-peak fares will be in effect for the entire four-day holiday weekend.

On Black Friday, November 25, traditionally one of the busiest shopping days of the year, the LIRR will run a full weekday train schedule even though off-peak fares will be in effect all day — including the special Family Fare discount. Under the Family Fare program, up to four children, ages 5-11, can ride trains that day for the advance purchase fare of 75 cents each (one-way) when accompanied by a fare-paying parent or guardian. Weekly and monthly ticket holders just pay for the kids. Children under five ride free.

So, relax and leave the driving to the LIRR. To ensure easy rail travel, customers are advised to follow these travel tips:

Purchase before you go. Round trip tickets, including MetroCards for connecting subway and bus service, can be purchased in advance in order to save time and avoid lines at LIRR ticket windows and New York City Transit MetroCard windows and ticket machines.

Use one of the LIRR’s extra trains. On Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, November 23, there will be nine extra trains departing Penn Station between 2:10 PM and 3:48 PM and one extra train from Hunterspoint Avenue at 4:06 PM for customers leaving work early for the holiday.

Be sober and responsible. Open alcoholic beverage containers will not be allowed on LIRR trains, stations and on platforms from 8:00 PM, Wednesday, November 23 through 5:00 AM, Thursday (Thanksgiving Day), November 24. MTA Police will enforce this restriction.

Wednesday, November 23:

On Wednesday, November 23, the extra afternoon service from Penn Station includes: three trains operating on the Babylon Branch, three on the Port Jefferson Branch (one to Hicksville, two to Huntington), two on the Port Washington Branch to Great Neck, and one on the Far Rockaway Branch. An extra train will depart Hunterspoint Avenue on the Montauk Branch.

Port Jefferson Branch to Hicksville/Huntington:

2:08 PM stopping at Jamaica, Mineola, then all stops to Huntington

2:29 PM stopping at Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Jamaica, New Hyde Park, then all stops to Huntington

3:24 PM stopping at Jamaica, Mineola, Westbury and Hicksville

Babylon Branch:

2:24 PM express to Lynbrook, then all stops to Babylon

3:00 PM stopping at Jamaica, Rockville Centre, then all stops to Babylon

3:31PM express to Rockville Centre, then all stops to Babylon

Port Washington Branch to Great Neck:

3:18 PM stopping at Woodside, Flushing-Main St., then all stops to Port Washington

3:40 PM stopping at Woodside, Flushing-Main St., then all stops to Great Neck

Far Rockaway Branch:

3:48 PM express to Locust Manor, then all stops to Far Rockaway

Montauk Branch:

The eastbound Montauk train that normally operates Fridays-only will operate on Wednesday, November 23. The train is the 4:06 PM from Hunterspoint Avenue, stopping at Jamaica, then operating express to Westhampton, making all local stops to Montauk. The 4:01 PM train from Penn Station to Huntington connects with the Montauk train at Jamaica.


Thanksgiving Day, November 24:

Throughout Thanksgiving Day, a holiday schedule will be in effect. Twenty-two extra trains are being added to the holiday schedule for those attending the Parade or visiting their families – including nine extra westbound and 13 extra eastbound trains. Cars will also be added to select trains to accommodate holiday travelers.


Babylon Branch from Wantagh:

6:11 AM and 7:25 AM trains from Wantagh, making all stops to Lynbrook, Jamaica and Penn Station

Montauk Branch:

6:09 AM from Speonk, making all stops to Babylon, Jamaica and Penn Station

Ronkonkoma Branch:

6:10 AM and 7:10 AM trains from Ronkonkoma, making all stops to Hicksville, Mineola, Jamaica and Penn Station

Port Jefferson Branch:

6:39 AM from Port Jefferson making all stops to Huntington, Jamaica and Penn Station

Port Washington Branch:

7:10 AM, 8:10 AM and 9:10 AM trains from Port Washington making all stops to Flushing-, Main St., Woodside and Penn Station.


Between 11:33 AM and 2:03 PM, 13 extra trains will depart from Penn Station to accommodate customers returning from the parade. Three of the extra trains will operate on the Babylon Branch, four will operate on the Ronkonkoma Branch, three will operate on the Port Washington Branch, two will operate on the Port Jefferson Branch and one will operate on the Montauk Branch to Speonk. Branch timetables dated November 7-December 11 contain regular eastbound departures from Penn Station, as well as the times of the extra trains.


Friday, November 25:

Although LIRR trains will operate on a normal weekday schedule on Friday, November 25, off-peak fares will be in effect all day, making it more economical to travel to the city for holiday shopping and events.

xoxo Transit Blogger

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