The wait is over as the U.S. Open is set to start tomorrow from Bethpage. The world’s best golfers are in town trying to win one of the most historic major tournaments in the sport. When the best golfers are in town, you know the first name on the list is Tiger Woods. He is set to tee off at 8:06 A.M. & MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) wants to make sure you get there on time. To make this happen, the agency will be running a special “Tiger Express” to get riders to Bethpage in time for his tee off. Here are the complete details about the “Tiger Express” & the extra overall service available during the tournament courtesy of an e-mailed press release:
MTA Long Island Rail Road has added a special train on Thursday morning, June 18 to get fans to Bethpage Black golf course in Farmingdale, L.I. in time to see Tiger Woods tee off at the 2009 U.S. Open Championship.
The LIRR’s “Tiger Express” is scheduled to depart Penn Station at 6:18 AM and arrive at Farmingdale Station at 7:20 AM. Free MTA Long Island Bus shuttle buses – courtesy of the United States Golf Association – will transport fans from Farmingdale Station to Bethpage State Park and the U.S. Open. Tiger is scheduled to tee off at 8:06 AM in a trio that includes Padraig Harrington of Ireland and Angel Cabrera of Argentina. Woods is the defending Open champ and also won in 2002 when it was last played at Bethpage.
The Tiger Express will make stops at Woodside (6:34 AM), Jamaica (6:42 AM), Mineola (6:55 AM), Hicksville (7:05 AM) and Farmingdale (7:20 AM). That’s in addition to the 14 extra trains providing half-hour service that the MTA LIRR is running each day to and from Farmingdale during the Open.
Customers are urged to purchase round trip tickets before boarding the train. Tickets cost more if purchased on the train. For train schedule information customers may contact the LIRR Travel Information Center 24-hours a day in Suffolk County at 631-231-LIRR, in Nassau County at 516-822-LIRR or in New York City at 718-217-LIRR. The Travel Information Center’s TDD telephone number for the hearing impaired is 718-558-3022. Customers may also consult the LIRR’s website at www.mta.info.
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