Service Diversions 12-05-14

Get a head start on your weekend travel plans as I have just updated the Service Diversions through all of next week.

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LIRR Weekend Travel Alert

LIRR riders should pad their travel times this weekend as they might face delays or service disruptions due to the installation of a new signal system for the East Side Access project. Here is more via a press release I received:

MTA Long Island Rail Road customers traveling to and from New York City this coming weekend should build in extra travel time to anticipate the possibility of train delays and service disruptions as the LIRR undertakes an important phase of the East Side Access project, which will require closing two of four East River Tunnels connecting Queens to Manhattan and Penn Station.

Beginning at 10 p.m. on Friday, December 5 and continuing through 5 a.m. on Monday, December 8, the LIRR will be installing a portion of a new computerized signal system that will control train travel through an area in Sunnyside, Queens known as Harold Interlocking. Harold is the nation’s busiest commuter rail intersection used every day by the LIRR, Amtrak and NJ TRANSIT.

This is the first in a series of necessary “cutovers” to this improved technology that will be occurring during the next several years. When complete, East Side Access will speed up travel for Long Islanders by transporting them to Grand Central Terminal and the East Side of Manhattan for the first time.

“This work is necessary to keep the East Side Access project moving forward. We urge customers to build in extra travel time during the weekend, especially in this busy holiday period,” said LIRR President Patrick A. Nowakowski. “We are hopeful that by working with Amtrak and NJ TRANSIT we will be able to minimize service interruptions, but we wanted to alert customers to the possibility of delays and urge them to plan accordingly.”

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Service Diversions 11-20-14

Get a head start on your weekend travel plans as I have just updated the Service Diversions through all of next week.

Make sure to follow @TransitBlogger on Twitter by clicking the button in the sidebar as I am using it more often. Also if you are into indie music make sure to follow @IndMusicReview & @SurgeFM!

Have a great weekend!

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NYC Transit Thanksgiving 2014 Service Plan

Here is the Thanksgiving 2014 service plan for NYC Subways & Buses:

New York City subways and buses will operate on a Sunday schedule on Thanksgiving Day. The closest subway stations to the start of the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade are the 1 at 79 St and the C at 81 St.

There will be additional service on the S 42 St Shuttle as well as increased early morning service on the 1 line. A number of bus routes will be impacted by the parade, and details will be provided at www.mta.info under “Service Status.”

On Black Friday, November 28, service will operate on a weekday schedule with some exceptions listed at mta.info.

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LIRR Thanksgiving 2014 Service Plan

Here is the Thanksgiving 2014 service plan for the Long Island Rail Road:

For extended Thanksgiving holiday weekend, MTA Long Island Rail Road is ready with additional train service to get travelers where they want to go and off-peak ticket pricing they will find very attractive.

Extra Trains for the Extended Four Day Weekend

The extra trains start rolling on Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, November 26, with additional afternoon eastbound trains to handle the expected early getaway rush home. On Thanksgiving Day, there will be extra trains to get you to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and extra trains to get you home when the festivities end. There will be extra trains on Saturday, November 29 and Sunday, November 30 as well, making travel to and from New York City, a snap for shopping, dining and entertainment.

Off-Peak Fares in Effect Thursday thru Sunday

As a holiday bonus, the LIRR will offer tickets at off-peak prices over the four-day weekend from Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27 through Sunday, November 30. Additionally, the Railroad’s Family Fare Discount will be in effect all four days. That means kids ages 5-11 (limit of 4 children) can ride one-way for $1 when accompanied by a fare paying parent or guardian. However, those tickets must be purchased before you board the train. Weekly and monthly ticket holders pay just for the kids and, as always, children under 5 ride free.

Regular Weekday Schedule on Black Friday:

On Black Friday, November 28, one of the busiest shopping days of the year, the LIRR will run on a regular weekday schedule, but tickets will be sold at the lower, off-peak fares.

Thanksgiving Weekend (Nov. 26-Nov. 30) Service Highlights

Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, November 26

Eastbound – 11 Extra Trains Departing from Penn Station

Babylon Branch:

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

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

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

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

Port Jefferson Branch:

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

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

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

Port Washington Branch:

The 3:40 p.m. train stopping at Woodside, Flushing/Main St., then all stops to Great Neck

Far Rockaway Branch:

The 3:48 p.m. express train to Locust Manor, then all stops to Far Rockaway.

Ronkonkoma Branch:

1:46 p.m. train stopping at Jamaica, Mineola, then all stops to Ronkonkoma.

Montauk Branch:

The 4:06 p.m. train express to Westhampton, then stopping at Southampton, Bridgehampton, East Hampton and Montauk

Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27

Throughout Thanksgiving Day, a weekend/holiday schedule will be in effect. A total of 17 extra trains are being added to the regular weekend/holiday schedule for those attending the Thanksgiving Day Parade or visiting families – including 6 extra westbound trains in the morning and 11 extra eastbound trains through the afternoon. Cars will also be added to select trains to accommodate holiday travelers.

Westbound – 6 Extra Trains Heading into Penn Station

Babylon Branch:

The 6:49 a.m. train from Babylon, making all stops to Rockville Center, then Jamaica, and Penn Station.

The 7:18 a.m. train from Babylon, making all stops to Rockville Centre, then Jamaica and Penn Station.

Huntington/Port Jefferson Branch:

The 6:01 a.m. train from Port Jefferson making all stops to Huntington, then stopping at Jamaica and Penn Station.

Ronkonkoma Branch:

The 6:10 a.m. train from Ronkonkoma, making all stops to Hicksville, then Jamaica, Woodside and Penn Station.

The 7:10 a.m. train from Ronkonkoma, making all stops to Hicksville, then Jamaica, Woodside and Penn Station.

Montauk Branch:

The 6:45 a.m. train from Speonk, making all stops to Babylon, Jamaica and Penn Station.

Eastbound – 11 Extra Trains Departing from Penn Station

Babylon Branch:

The 11:45 a.m., 12:09 p.m., 12:39 p.m. and 1:09 p.m. trains from Penn Station stopping at Jamaica, Rockville Centre, then all local stops to Babylon.

Huntington Branch:

The 12:02 p.m. from Penn Station, stopping at Jamaica, New Hyde Park and all stops to Huntington. Port Jefferson Branch

The 12:06 p.m. train from Penn Station, stopping at Jamaica, Mineola, Hicksville, then all stops to Port Jefferson.

Montauk Branch:

The 12:15 p.m. train from Penn Station, stopping at Jamaica, Freeport, then all stops to Speonk

Ronkonkoma Branch:

The 11:35 p.m. train from Penn Station, stopping at Woodside, Jamaica, Hicksville Bethpage Farmingdale then all stops to Ronkonkoma except Pinelawn.

The 12:32 p.m. train from Penn Station, stopping at Woodside, Jamaica, New Hyde Park, Mineola, Hicksville, Bethpage, Farmingdale, then all stops to Ronkonkoma except Pinelawn.

The 1:03 p.m. train from Penn Station, stopping at Woodside, Jamaica, New HydePark, then all stops to Farmingdale.

The 1:32 p.m. train from Penn Station, stopping at Woodside, Jamaica, Hicksville, Bethpage, Farmingdale, then all stops to Ronkonkoma, except Pinelawn.

Black Friday, November 28

LIRR trains will operate on a normal weekday schedule on Friday, November 29 with off-peak fares in effect the entire day.

Saturday, November 29 & Sunday, November 30

The LIRR will add four westbound trains and six eastbound trains to its regular weekend schedule on Saturday, November 29 and Sunday, November 30 and continue to offer the enhanced train service for five additional weekends to make travel to and from the city more convenient for shopping, dining and entertainment. Those weekends are December 6-7, December 13-14, December 20-21, December 27-28 and January 3-4. The extra weekend trains are as follows:

Long Beach Branch

Westbound

The 8:56 AM, 9:56 AM, 10:56 AM and 11:56 AM trains from Long Beach making all local stops to Jamaica then express to Penn Station.

Eastbound

The 4:25 PM, 5:15 PM, 6:15 PM and 7:15 PM trains from Penn Station, stopping at Jamaica and making all local stops to Long Beach.

Babylon Branch

Eastbound

The 1:13 AM from Penn Station, stopping at Jamaica, Rockville Centre and then all stops to Babylon

Port Jefferson Branch

Eastbound

The 2:44 AM from Penn Station stopping at Jamaica, New Hyde Park, then all stops to Huntington.

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