LIRR Labor Day 2016 Service Plan

Here is the Labor Day 2016 service plan for the Long Island Rail Road:

MTA Long Island Rail Road will provide additional early afternoon trains from Penn Station on Friday, September 2 for customers planning an early getaway for the Labor Day Weekend. The additional trains will depart from Penn Station between 1:49 p.m. and 3:48 p.m. and will operate to Babylon, Far
Rockaway, Great Neck, Huntington and Ronkonkoma. Montauk Branch customers should look for a special Montauk Branch September 2 Timetable that includes some new changes that start on Friday.

Extra Afternoon Service from Penn Station on Friday, September 2

Babylon Branch

2:19 p.m. train from Penn Station, express to Rockville Centre, then all stops to Babylon.

2:32 p.m. train from Penn Station, express to Lynbrook, then all stops to Babylon.

3 p.m. train from Penn stopping at Jamaica, Rockville Centre, then all stops to Babylon.

3:31 p.m. train from Penn Station express to Rockville Centre, then all stops to Babylon.

Port Jefferson Branch (to Hicksville and Huntington)

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

2:29 p.m. from Penn Station stopping at Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Jamaica, New Hyde Park, then all stops to Huntington.

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

Ronkonkoma Branch

1:49 p.m. from Penn Station stopping at Woodside, Jamaica, Mineola, Hicksville and all stops to Ronkonkoma excluding Pinelawn.

Port Washington Branch (to Great Neck)

3:40 p.m. from Penn Station stopping at Woodside, Flushing‐Main Street, and then all stops to Great Neck.

Far Rockaway Branch

3:48 p.m. express from Penn Station to Locust Manor, then all local stops to Far Rockaway

Service for Saturday & Sunday, September 3 & 4

On Saturday, September 3 and Sunday, September 4, the Long Island Rail Road will be operating on a regular Weekend Schedule.

Service for Labor Day, Monday, September 5

On Labor Day, Monday, September 5, the LIRR will operate on a regular Holiday Schedule.

Montauk and Port Jefferson Branch Service Advisories for Friday, September 2

The LIRR is running its extra Friday summer eastbound trains on the Friday before Labor Day.

The 1:47 p.m. from Hunterspoint Ave. Station, stopping at Jamaica (connecting from the 1:42 p.m. train from Penn Station), Westhampton through Montauk. *Note: There will be an extra afternoon train to relieve congestion on this train, departing Jamaica at 3:18 p.m., and will run
express from Jamaica, making stops Westhampton through Montauk.

The 4:06 p.m. Cannonball from Penn Station stopping at Westhampton, Southampton, Bridgehampton, East Hampton and Montauk.

The 5:09 p.m. from Penn Station stopping at Woodside, Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Jamaica, Mineola, Hicksville, Babylon and all stops to Montauk.

The 7:38 p.m. from Jamaica (connecting from the 7:11 p.m. train from Penn Station), stopping at Patchogue, Mastic‐Shirley, and making all stops from Westhampton to Montauk.

*In order to provide sufficient capacity for customers traveling to the Hamptons and Montauk on Friday, the following schedule adjustments will be in effect:

The 8:52 a.m. train from Babylon to Montauk (connecting from the 7:49 a.m. from Penn Station) will not stop at Bay Shore, Sayville or Patchogue. Customers for these stations will have alternate service 10 minutes earlier on a special train departing Jamaica at 8:04 a.m. (connecting from the 7:39 a.m. train from Penn Station).

The 11:30 a.m. train from Jamaica to Montauk (connecting from the 11:05 a.m. train from Penn Station) will not stop at Bay Shore, Sayville or Patchogue. Customers these stations will have alternate service six minutes earlier on a special train departing Penn Station at 10:59 a.m., stopping at Jamaica, and running express to Babylon, where customers will connect with a train to Bay Shore, Sayville or Patchogue departing Babylon at 12:02 p.m.

The 6:08 p.m. train from Hunterspoint Avenue to Port Jefferson will be canceled on Friday, September 2. Alternate service to Port Jefferson is available on the 5:47 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. trains from Hunterspoint Avenue.

Saturday, September 3

Montauk Branch trains will run on a regular Weekend schedule.

Sunday, September 4

Montauk Branch trains will run on a regular Weekend Schedule.

Westbound afternoon Montauk trains that usually operate on summer Sundays will run instead on Monday, Labor Day, September 5.

Labor Day, Monday, September 5

Westbound afternoon Montauk trains that usually operate on summer Sundays will instead run on Monday only. Those trains are: The 1:31 p.m. from Montauk, 3:08 p.m. from Bridgehampton, 4 p.m. from Montauk, 6:37 p.m. (Cannonball West) from Montauk, 8:36 p.m. from Montauk.

The regular Monday only westbound train leaving Montauk at 7:01 a.m. will instead operate on Tuesday morning, September 6.

Tuesday, September 6

The 7:01 a.m. from Montauk, which usually runs on Monday, will instead operate Tuesday, September 6.

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Metro North Labor Day 2016 Service Plan

Here is the Metro-North Labor Day 2016 service plan:

MTA Metro‐North Railroad doesn’t want you to work hard to celebrate Labor Day! Metro‐North has plenty of train service to get you where you need to go for the entire holiday weekend starting Friday, September 2, and continuing through Labor Day, Monday, September 5.

On Friday, September 2, Metro‐North will offer 17 early‐afternoon “getaway” trains departing Grand Central Terminal between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., and one extra departure from Hoboken on the Port Jervis Line, with connecting service from Penn Station‐NY.

To allow the railroad to operate this service, 11 trains that usually depart Grand Central between 5:27 p.m. and 7:28 p.m. will not operate, and three pairs of New Haven Line trains will be combined. To accommodate additional service on the west of Hudson Service, the 6:15 p.m. departure from Hoboken on the Port Jervis Line will not operate, and the 7:20 p.m. departure from Hoboken to Spring Valley on the Pascack Valley Line will not operate.

On Saturday, September 3, and Sunday, September 4, Metro‐North will operate on regular weekend schedules.

On Labor Day, Monday, September 5, Sunday service will be in effect on the Hudson, Harlem and New Haven Lines, and weekend service will be in effect on the Port Jervis Line and Pascack Valley Line. On the Port Jervis Line, Metro‐North will add an extra inbound train departing Port
Jervis at 4:09 p.m. for those heading back to Hoboken or Manhattan.

Getaway Service on Friday, September 2

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, New Rochelle, Larchmont Mamaroneck 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 trains usually departing Grand Central will not operate or are combined:

• The 5:18 p.m. train to Harrison and the 5:21 p.m. train 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.

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

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

• The 6:07 p.m. train to New Haven and the 6:13 p.m. train 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.

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

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

Harlem Line

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

• 2:18 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 trains usually departing Grand Central will not operate:

• The 5:27 p.m. train to Southeast

• The 5:38 p.m. train to Crestwood

• The 5:58 p.m. train to Crestwood

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

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

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 trains usually departing Grand Central will not operate:

• The 5:29 p.m. train to Poughkeepsie

• The 5:57 p.m. train to Croton‐Harmon

• The 6:12 p.m. train to Poughkeepsie

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.

Port Jervis Line

The Port Jervis Line train departing 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 as well. Customers from Manhattan wishing to connect to this train should be on the 2:29 p.m. departure from Penn Station‐NY to connect at Secaucus Junction. To accommodate the early getaway train, 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., and stop at Secaucus Junction, select stations in New Jersey, and Pearl River, Nanuet and Spring Valley. Customers from Manhattan who are wishing to connect to this train should be on the 2:51 p.m. departure from Penn Station‐NY to connect at Secaucus Junction. To accommodate this train, the 7:20 p.m. departure from Hoboken to Spring Valley will not operate.

Saturday, Sept. 3, to Monday, Sept. 5 (Labor Day):

On Saturday and Sunday, September 3‐4, a regular weekend schedule will be in effect.

On Monday, Sept. 5, Labor Day, a weekend schedule will be in effect on the Port Jervis and Pascack Valley Lines. An extra afternoon inbound train will depart Port Jervis at 4:09 p.m., making all stops through Suffern, then run express to Secaucus Junction and Hoboken.
Customers wishing to travel to Penn Station‐NY should transfer at Secaucus Junction.

Most connecting services will not operate on Memorial Day. However, the Tappan Zee Express will operate, on a Saturday schedule.

See our schedules page for train times or visit www.njtransit.com

Have a happy and safe Labor Day weekend!

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SI Railway Labor Day 2016 Service Plan

The 2016 Labor Day holiday is right around the corner. Here is the Staten Island Railway service plan for it:

Staten Island Railway (SIR) customers looking to get a head start on their three-day weekend will be able to catch earlier afternoon express train service on Friday, September 2, with Staten Island Railway’s Early Departure Getaway schedule. This schedule means extra SIR trains will be added earlier in the afternoon beginning at 2:30 p.m. from the St. George Ferry Terminal. There will be one express train and one local train awaiting every boat until 7:50 p.m. SIR will operate on a Sunday Schedule on Labor Day, Monday September 5.

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MTA Completes Croton-Harmon Upgrades

Early yesterday afternoon, Gov. Cuomo announced that the MTA Metro-North Railroad has completed $3.6M in station upgrades to the Croton-Harmon station. Here is more via the official press release I received:

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that MTA Metro-North Railroad has completed renovation of the Croton-Harmon station’s customer waiting area. The $3.6 million project involves both station structural renovations and aesthetic improvements. The work was done in phases to allow for continual use by Metro-North customers with minimal disruption during the work.

“The Croton-Harmon station is an important hub along the Metro North Rail Road and these upgrades will improve the commuting experience for the thousands of riders who depend on it every day,” Governor Cuomo said. “This project is building on our efforts to rebuild and modernize the MTA and I am proud to see it completed.”

New wall panels, floor tiles, ceiling tiles, finishes, fixtures and air conditioning have been installed throughout the space, including the waiting area, bathrooms and coffee and newsstand concessions. Modifications to stair portals identify the tracks with sleek, illuminated overhead signage; this upgrade makes tracks more visible and reduces commuter congestion. A more energy efficient LED lighting system gives the station an open, bright and modern appearance. Photos of the station upgrades are available here and here.

The station layout is more efficient and streamlined. Ticket vending machines have been relocated to the nearby the ticket window, creating a self-contained ticket purchasing area. The ticket window has been completely rebuilt with improved lighting, new mill work and finishes and an ADA accessible counter.

The station’s entrance marquee has new ceiling slats, lights, a freshly painted enamel exterior and accented fascia panels in the front of the station building at the street level. MTA Arts & Design commissioned artist Corinne Ulmann to create site specific artwork at the station. Entitled Croton Harmon Station, Ulmann expanded upon the art installation she created for the Station’s South Overpass in 2013. The new artwork is composed of printed vinyl for the windows portraying views of local landscapes as they progress through four seasons, and a floor-to-ceiling glass mosaic, fabricated by Miotto Mosaic Art Studios of Carmel, New York, depicting the iconic Croton Dam, a distinctive landmark for the station and the city. Ullman’s work pays tribute to the Hudson River School painters and the inspiration they found in the romantic landscape of the Hudson Valley.

The station renovation was completed with funding from the MTA Capital Program, with a contribution of $300,000 of MTA capital reserve funds from Assemblywoman Sandy Galef.

Senator Terrence Murphy said, “Riders of the Hudson Line are getting the long anticipated improvements they deserve. The improved aesthetics and streamlined ticket purchasing will further enhance the riding experience for our local commuters and out of town tourists.”

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef said, “Many of my constituents use the Metro-North trains on a regular basis, for both employment and enjoyment. It is wonderful to see improvements in our infrastructure that makes public transportation more attractive and more pleasant for commuters and travelers alike.”

Village of Croton-on-Hudson Mayor Dr. Greg Schmidt said, “The Croton-Harmon station is vital to the countless residents in our community who rely on its convenience and service to NYC and all points in between. I applaud the Governor for pushing for this station renovation and for his continued commitment to improving infrastructure across the state.”

Cortlandt Town Supervisor Linda D. Puglisi said, “Thousands of New Yorkers rely on Metro-North and the Croton Harmon station on a daily basis, and these upgrades and improvements will make a real and positive difference in their quality of life.”

The work to rehabilitate the station waiting area was performed by Kapris, Inc., a small, minority-owned firm that received the contract after participating in the MTA’s Small Business Development Program. This award-winning, innovative and model program offers emerging firms – especially those owned by women, minorities and military veterans – the unique opportunity to get access to capital, bonding, technical assistance, mentoring and the in-the-field training necessary to help their businesses learn, earn and grow.

Hopefully the upgrades are appreciated & well taken care of & respected by the commuters as well as being maintained to the best possible standards by employees.

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MTA Completes Some LIRR Track Laying

One of the big LIRR projects that will help a multitude of riders is the addition of an extra track on the Ronkonkoma line between Farmingdale & Ronkonkoma. When the project is completed fully, the agency will be able to provide every half hour service on the line compared to the hourly service provided now.

The agency has been using a New Track Construction (NTC) machine that has helped them complete the track laying between Central Islip & Ronkonkoma as part of phase 1. Here is more via Kyra Senese of Railway & Track Structures:

The MTA cites its use of a New Track Construction (NTC) Machine as a key factor in the timeliness of the project.

The machine lays track more than 10 times faster than the MTA has ever previously been able to do manually, which officials say will save $2.4 million in construction costs. At the faster speed, MTA officials say the machine is capable of laying one mile of track per day.

MTA officials say work has begun on the final phase of the project between Farmingdale and Central Islip and is expected to wrap up in 2018.

Extending from Farmingdale to Ronkonkoma, the double track is expected to significantly shorten delays along the LIRR. With $387.2 million in state funding, the project is set to be complete in the second phase through design-build contracting.

The track is also set to allow for more off-peak service in both directions by adding 13 miles of parallel track. The project is expected to boost frequency of rides available to one train every 30 minutes in both directions, a possible improvement from the previous standard of one train every hour. Lowered delays due to service disruptions are also predicted with the added track.

Gov. Cuomo toured the double track site with MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast, as the NTC machine was laying the final portion of the 3.5-mile Phase 1 track.

Click here for the complete story.

This will be a huge addition to the Ronkonkoma line which has long been under serviced even though it features the highest ridership in the system. Too bad it can’t get the same amount of the service the Babylon/Montauk lines do which feature over 80 trains to NYC a day during the weekdays.

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