LIRR July 4th 2018 Service Plan Info

Here is the MTA Long Island Rail Road service plan for the upcoming July 4th holiday:

The Long Island Rail Road is helping customers get a head start celebrating the Fourth of July by adding eight extra trains from Penn Station on Tuesday, July 3. Information about the extra trains will be available in timetables and the LIRR Train Time App, MTA.info website and on station departure boards. The extra early-afternoon trains will depart Penn Station starting at 2:22 p.m. and includes four extra trains on the Babylon Branch, one extra train on the Far Rockaway Branch, and three on the Port Jefferson Branch.
Train-specific details are below.

Babylon Branch:

2:22 p.m. express to Rockville Centre, then all stops to Babylon

2:32 p.m. express to Lynbrook, then all stops to Babylon

3:00 p.m. stopping at Jamaica, Rockville Centre, all stops to Babylon

3:31 p.m. express to Rockville Centre, then all stops to Babylon

Far Rockaway Branch:

3:48 p.m. stopping at Locust Manor, then making all stops to Far Rockaway

Port Jefferson Branch:

2:08 p.m. stopping at Jamaica, Mineola, then making all stops to Huntington

2:26 p.m. stopping at Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Jamaica, New Hyde Park, then making all stops to Huntington

3:24 p.m. stopping at Jamaica, Mineola, Westbury and Hicksville

Additional Montauk Branch Service on Tuesday, July 3:

The following trains that normally run on summer Fridays, including the Cannonball, will also operate on Tuesday, July 3.

For Connections to Fire Island Ferries: 8:08 a.m. from Jamaica, stopping at Babylon, Bay Shore, Sayville and Patchogue. Customers can reach this train by boarding the 7:39 a.m. Ronkonkoma Branch train from Penn Station or the 7:41 a.m. Far Rockaway Branch train from Atlantic Terminal, Brooklyn.

For Connections to Fire Island Ferries: 10:54 a.m. from Penn Station, stopping at Jamaica and Babylon for a connecting train that stops at Bay Shore, Sayville and Patchogue. Customers can also reach this train by taking the 10:35 a.m. Far Rockaway Branch train from Atlantic Terminal, Brooklyn, and changing at Jamaica.

1:49 p.m. from Hunterspoint Avenue, stopping at Jamaica, then running express to Westhampton before making all stops to Montauk. Customers can reach this train by taking the 1:42 p.m. train from Penn Station, or the 1:35 p.m. Far Rockaway Branch train from Atlantic Terminal, Brooklyn, and changing at Jamaica.

The Cannonball: The 4:06 p.m. departure from Penn Station will run express to Westhampton, then stop at Southampton, Bridgehampton, East Hampton and Montauk only.

7:23 p.m. from Jamaica, running express to Patchogue, then Mastic-Shirley, then Westhampton and all further stops to Montauk. Customers can reach this train by boarding the 6:56 p.m. Huntington-bound train from Penn Station, the 6:59 p.m. Far Rockaway Branch train from Atlantic Terminal, Brooklyn, or the 6:41 p.m. Oyster Bay Branch train from Hunterspoint Avenue, and changing at Jamaica.

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Metro North July 4th 2018 Service Plan Info

Here is the MTA Metro-North Railroad service plan info for the upcoming July 4th holiday:

Declare your independence from traffic and tolls this July 4th holiday and take Metro-North to celebrate our nation’s birthday. Metro North Railroad will have lots of extra service on Tuesday, July 3 to help customers looking to get a jump start on the holiday. On Wednesday, July 4, Metro-North will operate on a Sunday schedule.

On Tuesday, July 3, there are 17 extra “getaway” departures from Grand Central Terminal between 1 p.m. and 4:11 p.m.

Service details for Tuesday, July 3 are below:

Hudson Line

Five extra “getaway” trains will depart from Grand Central at:

• 1:38 p.m., stopping at Harlem-125th Street, Peekskill, Beacon, New Hamburg and Poughkeepsie.

• 2:38 p.m., stopping at Harlem-125th Street, Peekskill, Beacon, New Hamburg and Poughkeepsie.

• 3:11 p.m., stopping at Harlem-125th Street, then all stops between Tarrytown and Croton-Harmon.

• 3:45 p.m., stopping at Harlem-125th Street, Peekskill, Beacon, New Hamburg and Poughkeepsie.

• 4:11 p.m., stopping at Harlem-125th Street, Peekskill, Beacon, New Hamburg and Poughkeepsie.

The following Hudson Line trains usually departing Grand Central will not operate:

• The 5:29 p.m. to Poughkeepsie will not operate.

• The 5:57 p.m. to Croton-Harmon will not operate.

• The 6:12 p.m. to Poughkeepsie will not operate.

Hudson Line Connecting Services:

The Hudson Rail Link will begin a peak level of buses at Spuyten Duyvil starting with the 2:20 p.m. train from Grand Central and at Riverdale starting with the 3:21 p.m. train from Grand Central.

The Haverstraw-Ossining Ferry will have an early ferry trip that will meet the 3:11 p.m. train from Grand Central, which arrives in Ossining at 3:56 p.m. Since the 5:57 p.m. train will not operate, a 6:00 p.m. train from Grand Central, which arrives in Ossining at 6:53 p.m., will be met by the ferry. To accommodate this trip, the ferry will not meet the regular 6:22 p.m. train from Grand Central.

The Newburgh-Beacon Ferry will have three early trips meeting the 2:43 p.m., 3:18 p.m. and 3:48 p.m. trains from Grand Central.

Harlem Line

Nine extra “getaway” trains will depart from Grand Central at:

• 2:15 p.m., stopping at Harlem-125th Street, then all stations between Scarsdale and North White Plains.

• 3:13 p.m., stopping at Harlem-125th Street, then White Plains and North White Plains only.

• 3:34 p.m., stopping at Harlem-125th Street, White Plains, North White Plains, then all stations between Goldens Bridge through Southeast.

The following Harlem Line trains usually departing Grand Central will not operate:

• The 5:27 p.m. to Southeast.

• The 5:38 p.m. to Crestwood.

• The 5:58 p.m. to Crestwood.

• The 7:03 p.m. to North White Plains.

• The 7:28 p.m. to North White Plains.

New Haven Line

Nine extra “getaway” trains will depart from Grand Central at:

• 12:58 p.m., stopping at Harlem-125th Street, Westport, and all stations between Fairfield and New Haven.

• 2:01 p.m., stopping at Harlem-125th Street, Westport, and all stations between Fairfield and New Haven.

• 2:28 p.m., stopping at Harlem-125th Street, Westport, and all stations between Fairfield and New Haven.

• 2:31 p.m., stopping at Harlem-125th Street, New Rochelle, Larchmont, Mamaroneck and Harrison.

• 2:56 p.m., stopping at Harlem-125th Street, Stamford then all stations between Noroton Heights and South Norwalk.

• 2:59 p.m., stopping at Harlem-125th Street, New Rochelle, Larchmont, Mamaroneck and Harrison.

• 3:26 p.m., stopping at Harlem-125th Street, then all stations between New Rochelle and Harrison.

• 3:29 p.m., stopping at Harlem-125th Street, Westport and all stations between Fairfield and New Haven.

• 4:00 p.m., stopping at Harlem-125th Street, Stamford and all stations between Bridgeport and New Haven.

The following New Haven Line trains from Grand Central will not operate or are combined:

5:18 p.m. to Harrison and the 5:21 p.m. to New Rochelle are combined, departing Grand Central at 5:21 p.m., stopping at Harlem-125th Street and all stations between Mount Vernon East and Harrison.

• 5:41 p.m. to New Haven will not operate.

• 5:57 p.m. to Harrison and 6:02 p.m. to New Rochelle are combined, departing Grand Central at 6:02 p.m., making all stops between Mount Vernon East and Harrison.

• 6:07 p.m. to New Haven and the 6:13 p.m. to Bridgeport are combined, departing Grand Central at 6:13 p.m., stopping at Harlem-125th Street and all stations between South Norwalk and New Haven.

• 6:49 p.m. to New Haven will not operate

• 7:09 p.m. to Harrison will not operate

Metro-North will offer extended July 4 getaway service for West of Hudson customers.

Port Jervis Line

The regularly scheduled departure from Hoboken at 2:41 p.m., stopping at Secaucus Junction, and all stops between Suffern and Middletown/Town of Wallkill, will be extended to stop at Otisville and Port Jervis. Customers from Manhattan wishing to connect to this train should be on the 2:29 p.m. departure from New York-Penn Station to connect at Secaucus Junction. To
accommodate this service, the 6:15 p.m. departure from Hoboken to Port Jervis will not operate.

Pascack Valley Line

The regularly scheduled Pascack Valley Friday-only train will depart Hoboken at 2:58 p.m., with a connection departing New York-Penn Station at 2:51 p.m., making stops at select stations in New Jersey, and Pearl River, Nanuet and Spring Valley.

Wednesday July 4

On Wednesday, July 4, Metro-North will operate a Sunday schedule with one additional train on the New Haven Line to get you home from the annual Macy’s Fireworks. The train departs Grand Central Terminal at 11:14 p.m., and Harlem-125th Street at 11:23 p.m., making stops at Westport, Fairfield, Fairfield-Metro, Bridgeport, Stratford, Milford, West Haven, and New Haven.

Metro-North also provides service to Rye on the New Haven Line, with shuttle buses to Rye Playland where Westchester County puts on its own spectacular fireworks extravaganza over the Long Island Sound.

West of Hudson service will also operate on a weekend schedule with an extra inbound train from Port Jervis.

The Hudson Line connecting services–the Hudson Rail Link, the Haverstraw-Ossining ferry and the Newburgh-Beacon ferry–will not operate on Wednesday, July 4.

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SI Railway July 4th 2018 Service Plan Info

Here is the MTA Staten Island Railway service plan for the upcoming July 4th holiday:

Staten Island Railway (SIR) customers looking to get a head start on the Fourth of July holiday will be able to catch earlier afternoon express train service on Friday, June 29, with SIR’s Early Departure Getaway schedule. Extra SIR trains will be added earlier in the afternoon beginning at 2:30 p.m. from the St. George Ferry Terminal.

The Early Departure Getaway service plan will also be available on Tuesday, July 3, with one express train and one local train awaiting every boat until 7:50 p.m. On Wednesday, July 4, SIR will operate on a Sunday schedule. Staten Island Railway is prepared to add additional service prior to and after the fireworks, as needed.

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Was Mayor de Blasio Hit?

This is the question being asked in some transit circles after a NYC Subway conductor was pulled from duty & tested for alcohol & drugs after allegedly closing the doors on & hitting Mayor de Blasio. Jillian Jorgensen & Dan Rivoli have more in this New York Daily News exclusive:

Mayor de Blasio is no stranger to being slammed by the MTA, but this time he swears it didn’t happen.

Still, a conductor was yanked from duty last week and given a drug and alcohol test after a transit worker accused him of hitting Hizzoner with a train door, the Daily News has learned.

De Blasio was at the bustling Atlantic Ave.-Barclays Center station on Thursday to announce a new community policing initiative in the subway system.

While boarding a northbound No. 5 train around 3:52 p.m. to get to Gracie Mansion, a Metropolitan Transportation Authority platform worker accused the train’s conductor of hitting de Blasio with the closing train doors.

“I was standing alongside the mayor and the doors never closed on him or anyone I saw,” De Blasio spokesman Eric Phillips said.

Still, the accusation got the attention of the dispatcher on duty and it went up NYC Transit’s chain of command.

The conductor was then pulled from service for drug and alcohol tests and put on restricted duty, according to a source familiar with the incident.

The source called the testing “normal protocol,” but added that “everybody kind of wanted to cover themselves” because de Blasio’s name was raised.

Click here for the complete report.

Ignoring the fact that de Blasio is a complete joke & one of the worst mayors in NYC history, I am fascinated to know what really happened. We have two different versions of what went down. With so many witnesses, how could a concrete story not be available? Also the station has cameras, could they not look at the footage & see what actually happened? At first glance, yanking this conductor off the job sounds a bit personal.

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Retired MTA Bus Driver Found Dead

These posts are always the hardest to write. I would like to offer my deepest condolences to the the family & friends of 46 year old Otis James, a retired MTA bus driver who was found stabbed to death in his Bushwick home yesterday. Here is more via a report from Ashley Soley Cerro of PIX 11:

The body of a man who was stabbed to death was discovered by his wife and daughter in his Brooklyn home, police said Wednesday.

Otis James, 46, was identified by police as the man found dead in his home on Central Avenue near Cornelia Street at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

James’ wife and her daughter discovered his body next to a knife, police said.

He had been stabbed several times and his death has been deemed a homicide, according to police.

James was an MTA bus driver from 2005 to May 2017, when he retired on disability, transit officials said.

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Police have a person they want to question. Here is more about that via a report from News 12 Brooklyn:

A man is wanted for questioning in the death of a former MTA bus driver.

Otis James, 46, was discovered fatally stabbed inside his Central Avenue Brooklyn home Tuesday.

Neighbors say James retired from the MTA last year and used a wheelchair to get around.

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I hope the person responsible for this reprehensible crime is brought to justice & faces the stiffest penalties possible. May Otis rest in peace on the other side.

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