LIRR MLK 2016 Service Plan Info

Here is the Long Island Rail Road service plan information for Monday, January 18, 2016, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

MTA Long Island Rail Road will operate on a Holiday Schedule on Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday next Monday, January 18, with a total of 32 extra trains provided on its five busiest branches.

The LIRR will provide the extra trains over and above the regular holiday schedule to accommodate travelers on the Babylon, Montauk, Port Jefferson, Port Washington and Ronkonkoma branches.

Off peak fares apply all day.

The extra trains are included in the current LIRR Branch Timetables dated December 14, 2015. Look for the column marked “Note M.” The timetables can also be found on the MTA website at www.mta.info/lirr or by calling 511, the New York State Travel Information Hotline, and saying “Long Island Rail Road.” The trains are included in the MTA’s Trip Planner+ online scheduling tool, and via the LIRR Train Time app available for iOS, Android or desktop.

Schedule details follow below, organized by branch.

Babylon Branch

Westbound Extra Trains:

• 5:08 a.m. train from Babylon, making all local stops to Rockville Centre, then Jamaica, arriving Penn Station at 6:21 a.m.

• 6:02 a.m. train from Babylon, making all local stops to Rockville Centre, then Jamaica, arriving Penn Station at 7:16 a.m.

• 6:17 a.m. train from Babylon, making all local stops to Rockville Centre, then Jamaica, arriving Penn Station at 7:31 a.m.

• 6:49 a.m. train from Babylon, making all local stops to Rockville Centre, then Jamaica, arriving Penn Station at 8:02 a.m.

• 7:21 a.m. train from Babylon, making all local stops to Rockville Centre, then Jamaica, arriving Penn Station at 8:35 a.m.

• 7:38 a.m. train from Babylon, making all local stops to Rockville Centre, then Jamaica, arriving Penn Station at 8:51 a.m.

• 9:16 a.m. train from Babylon, making all local stops to Rockville Centre, then Jamaica, arriving Penn Station at 10:27 a.m.

Eastbound Extra Trains:

• 4:04 p.m. train from Penn Station, stopping at Jamaica, Rockville Centre and all local stops to Babylon, arriving Babylon at 5:20 p.m.

• 5:04 p.m. train from Penn Station, stopping at Jamaica, Rockville Centre and all local stops to Babylon, arriving Babylon at 6:19 p.m.

• 6:04 p.m. train from Penn Station, stopping at Jamaica, Rockville Centre and all local stops to Babylon, arriving Babylon at 7:21 p.m.

• 6:29 p.m. train from Penn Station, stopping at Jamaica, Rockville Centre and all local stops to Babylon, arriving Babylon at 7:41 p.m.

• 7:04 p.m. train from Penn Station, stopping at Jamaica, Rockville Centre and all local stops to Babylon, arriving Babylon at 8:19 p.m.

Montauk Branch

Westbound Extra Trains:

• 6:25 a.m. train from Speonk making all local stops to Babylon, express to Jamaica, arriving Penn Station at 8:27 a.m.

Eastbound Extra Trains:

• 5:09 p.m. train from Penn Station, stopping at Jamaica, operating express to Babylon, making all local stops to Speonk, arriving Speonk at 7:11 p.m.

Port Jefferson Branch

Westbound Extra Trains:

• 5:42 a.m. train from Huntington, making all local stops to New Hyde Park, then Jamaica, arriving in Penn Station at 6:48 a.m.

• 7:41 a.m. train from Huntington, making all local stops to Merillon Avenue, then Jamaica, arriving Penn Station at 8:47 a.m.

• 8:25 a.m. train from Port Jefferson, making all local stops to Huntington, Syosset, then Jamaica, arriving Penn Station at 10:18 a.m.

Eastbound Extra Trains:

• 4:01 p.m. train from Penn Station, stopping at Jamaica, New Hyde Park, and all local stops to Port Jefferson, arriving at Port Jefferson at 6:01 p.m.

• 5:01 p.m. train from Penn Station, stopping at Woodside, Jamaica, New Hyde Park, and all local stops to Huntington, arriving Huntington at 6:07 p.m.

• 6:01 p.m. train from Penn Station, stopping at Jamaica, New Hyde Park, and all local stops to Huntington, arriving Huntington at 7:09 p.m.

Port Washington Branch

Westbound Extra Trains:

• 7:43 a.m. train from Great Neck, making all local stops to Penn Station, arriving at 8:18 a.m.

• 8:24 a.m. train from Great Neck, making all local stops to Penn Station, arriving at 9:02 a.m.

Eastbound Extra Trains:

• 5:07 p.m. train from Penn Station, making all local stops to Great Neck, arriving Great Neck at 5:43 p.m.

• 6:07 p.m. train from Penn Station, making all local stops to Great Neck, arriving Great Neck at 6:43 p.m.

• 7:07 p.m. train from Penn Station, making all local stops to Great Neck, arriving Great Neck at 7:43 p.m.

Ronkonkoma Branch

Westbound Extra Trains:

• 5:10 a.m. train from Ronkonkoma, making all local stops to Hicksville except Pinelawn, then Jamaica, Woodside, arriving Penn Station at 6:28 a.m.

• 6:10 a.m. train from Ronkonkoma, making all local stops to Hicksville except Pinelawn, then Jamaica, Woodside, arriving Penn Station at 7:28 a.m.

• 7:10 a.m. train from Ronkonkoma, making all local stops to Hicksville except Pinelawn, then Jamaica, Woodside, arriving Penn Station at 8:31 a.m.

• 7:19 a.m. train from Farmingdale, stopping at Bethpage, Hicksville, Mineola, then Jamaica, arriving Penn Station at 8:15 a.m.

• 8:10 a.m. train from Ronkonkoma, making all local stops to Hicksville except Pinelawn, then Jamaica, Woodside, arriving Penn Station at 9:28 a.m.

Eastbound Extra Trains:

• 3:32 p.m. train from Penn Station, stopping at Woodside, Jamaica, New Hyde Park, Mineola, Hicksville, and all local stops to Ronkonkoma, arriving
Ronkonkoma at 4:55 p.m.

• 5:58 p.m. train from Penn Station, stopping at Jamaica, Hicksville, and all local stops to Farmingdale, arriving Farmingdale at 6:55 p.m.

There is no train service east of Ronkonkoma. Customers traveling between Ronkonkoma and Greenport may wish to use the Montauk Branch as an alternative.

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Metro North MLK 2016 Service Plan Info

Here is the MTA Metro-North Railroad’s service plan information for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 18.

If you’re one of the Metro‐North customers who will be working on Monday, January 18, 2016, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, no need to worry about your commute. Metro‐North Railroad will operate on a Saturday schedule with 35 additional trains. The extra service includes three extra Hudson Line trains, 14 Harlem Line extras as well as one additional Wassaic connection, and 15 extra New Haven Line trains, including branch connections. For West of Hudson customers, there will be 3 additional trains on the Port Jervis Line. And, off peak fares apply all day.

Hudson Line

Southbound:

• 5:30 a.m. from Poughkeepsie, making local stops to Ossining, then Tarrytown, 125th Street and Grand Central Terminal

• 6:30 a.m. from Poughkeepsie, making local stops to Ossining, then Tarrytown, 125th Street and Grand Central Terminal

Northbound:

• 3:14 p.m. from Grand Central Terminal, stopping at 125th Street, then Tarrytown, Ossining, and all stops from Croton‐Harmon to Poughkeepsie

Harlem Line

Southbound:

• 5:29 a.m. from Wassaic, which will make a connection with an existing Saturday train departing Southeast at 6:12 a.m.

• 5:38 a.m. from Southeast, making local stops to White Plains, then express to 125th Street and Grand Central Terminal

• 6:38 a.m. from Southeast, making local stops to White Plains, then express to 125th Street and Grand Central Terminal

• 6:52 a.m. from North White Plains, making local stops to Crestwood, then express to 125th Street and Grand Central Terminal

• 7:38 a.m. from Southeast, making local stops to White Plains, then express to 125th Street and Grand Central Terminal

• 7:52 a.m. from North White Plains, making local stops to Crestwood, then express to 125th Street and Grand Central Terminal

• 8:52 a.m. from North White Plains, making local stops to Crestwood, then express to 125thStreet and Grand Central Terminal

Northbound:

• 7:17 a.m., stopping at 125th Street, Fordham, then White Plains to Southeast.

• 8:17 a.m., stopping at 125th Street, Fordham, then White Plains to Southeast.

• 3:37 p.m., stopping at 125th Street, then Pleasantville to Southeast.

• 4:16 p.m., stopping at 125th Street, then Crestwood to North White Plains.

• 4:46 p.m., stopping at 125th Street, then Crestwood to North White Plains.

• 5:19 p.m., stopping at 125th Street, then Crestwood to North White Plains.

• 6:22 p.m., stopping at 125th Street, then White Plains to Southeast. A connection will be available to Wassaic, departing Southeast at 8:03 p.m.

New Haven Line

Westbound:

• 5:20 a.m. from New Haven, with local stops to Stamford, then 125th Street and Grand Central Terminal

• 5:28 a.m. from New Canaan, which will make a connection to an existing Saturday train departing Stamford at 5:50 a.m.

• 6:07 a.m. from Danbury, which will stop at South Norwalk at 7:00 a.m., then local stops to Stamford, then Greenwich, Port Chester, Rye, then express to 125th Street and Grand Central Terminal

• 6:10 a.m. from Waterbury, then Bridgeport, then express to Stamford

• 6:25 a.m. from New Haven, with local stops to South Norwalk, then Stamford, 125th Street and Grand Central Terminal

• 6:56 a.m. from Stamford, stopping at Greenwich through Larchmont, then 125th Street and Grand Central Terminal

• 7:53 a.m. from Stamford, stopping at Greenwich through Larchmont, then 125th Street and Grand Central Terminal

• 8:33 a.m. from South Norwalk, stopping at Darien through Stamford, then Greenwich through Rye, then 125th Street and Grand Central Terminal

Eastbound:

• 7:34 a.m. stopping at 125th Street, then Greenwich, Stamford, Noroton Heights, Darien, South Norwalk, Westport, and Fairfield through New Haven

• 8:34 a.m. stopping at 125th Street, then Greenwich, Stamford, Noroton Heights, Darien, South Norwalk, Westport, and Fairfield through New Haven

• 3:50 p.m. stopping at 125th Street, Stamford, Darien, South Norwalk and all stops to Danbury

• 4:55 p.m. stopping at 125th Street, then Rye to Stamford

• 4:59 p.m. stopping at 125th Street, then Westport, and Fairfield to New Haven

• 5:31 p.m. stopping at 125th Street, then Rye to Stamford

• 5:59 p.m. stopping at 125th Street, then Westport, and Fairfield to New Haven

• The 7:34 p.m. will connect with the train departing South Norwalk at 8:41 p.m., making local stops to Danbury

Port Jervis Line:

• 6:22 a.m. from Port Jervis making local stops from Otisville to Suffern and express to Secaucus Junction and Hoboken; a connection to Penn Station‐NY will depart Secaucus Junction at 8:25 a.m.

• 4:09 p.m. from Port Jervis making local stops from Otisville to Suffern and express to Secaucus Junction and Hoboken; a connection to Penn Station‐NY will depart Secaucus Junction at 6:22 p.m.

• 5:19 p.m. train from Hoboken (with connection from Penn Station‐NY at 5:11 p.m., arriving at Secaucus at 5:20 pm.) makes all local stops from Suffern to Port Jervis

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LIRR Announces Passing Of 34th President

Yesterday afternoon, the MTA Long Island Rail Road announced the passing of the agency’s 34th president Charles W. Hoppe. Here is more via the official press release I received:

MTA Long Island Rail Road marks the passing on Dec. 22 of Charles W. Hoppe, who served as the LIRR’s 34th President, from April 2, 1990, to August 31, 1994. A memorial mass will be held at St Agnes Catholic Church in Arlington Va. on Friday, January 15, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the John W. Barriger III National Railroad Library.

Under Hoppe, the railroad became infused with a renewed sense of energy and direction. “Hoppe initiated strategic rethinking in a number of areas, from developing new growth opportunities, to rethinking the role of freight, to identifying improved types of cars and locomotives, right down to the language used to run the railroad on a day-to-day basis,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast, who in 1994 succeeded Hoppe as President of the LIRR. “The results of his efforts were both far-reaching and long term. He left the region with a railroad that was in far better shape than it had been.”

The short-term results spoke for themselves. The LIRR’s on-time performance increased four percentage points, to 93% as of 1994, from 89% in 1989, and ridership increased. Measures of train car reliability improved during his tenure. At the same time, the railroad gained a restored confidence from federal funding partners and embarked on a major rehabilitation of Harold Interlocking, the crucial complex of switches in Sunnyside, Queens, where the LIRR’s tracks merge with Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor, and it undertook significant upgrades to its portion of Penn Station. The work at Penn included improvements to the LIRR’s passenger concourse on the lower level, modernizing the signal system in partnership with Amtrak and creating Penn Station Central Control, which directs the safe movements of more than 1,000 trains per day.

“Virtually every metric that we measure on a month-to-month basis improved under Chuck Hoppe,” Chairman Prendergast said. “But the most tangible of his improvements was the complete transformation of Penn Station. Chuck led the railroad through the difficult process of overcoming decades of neglect to modernize the appearance and functionality of the station. Those improvements helped start a ridership increase that has continued through to the present day, so much so that Penn Station is ready to be updated again.”

The LIRR also began working to stimulate freight traffic under Hoppe, a line of business that had been fairly dormant, but has proven popular under the auspices of an outside company, the New York & Atlantic Railway. Internally, Hoppe oversaw a reorganization of the management of the railroad that resulted in a reduction of overall headcount by 10% and the creation of individual Branch Line Managers responsible for each branch, a system that is still in use and was carried over through the MTA to New York City Transit.

“The Long Island has a lot of complexities to it, and probably is the most complex railroad in North America,” he said shortly after being appointed as president. “One of my goals is to get people thinking positively about the LIRR. It is a good railroad that can be better.”

With his belief that the railroad could build on its existing strengths, Hoppe launched customer service and market development initiatives, including an effort to encourage off-peak ridership that has been followed by a 52% increase in off-peak ridership.

In a similar vein, he also initiated a Network Strategy Study, a blueprint for the railroad’s growth to the present day. That study evaluated many options for replacing the railroad’s diesel fleet, eventually deciding on the combination of diesel and dual mode locomotives and today’s two-level coaches with the more comfortable 2 x 2 seating arrangement.

“A direct ride between Penn Station and destinations further east, such as Port Jefferson, Speonk, and now even Montauk, without the need to transfer between trains, was a direct outgrowth of the Network Strategy Study that Hoppe led,” said LIRR President Patrick Nowakowski. “We’re now in the early phases of updating the Network Strategy Study to guide the railroad in its post-East Side Access future.”

Hoppe, who was 80 at the time of his passing, insisted on high standards, and perhaps most emblematic of that was his belief that even the words used by staff were an important influence and reflection on the railroad’s culture. With that in mind, he mandated that all railroad officials refer to its users as “customers” as opposed to “riders” or “passengers” in order to emphasize the railroad’s responsibilities and duties to those it serves. That practice continues to this day at the LIRR and has become standard practice throughout the MTA family of agencies.

“He had a big heart and loved to ‘meet-and-greet’ with customers, both on the train and at Penn Station, and ask them how we could improve service,” said John Bennett, who was LIRR Vice President of Infrastructure under Hoppe.

Originally from Rocky River, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, Hoppe had a quarter century of experience in domestic and international railroad management and consulting at the time he was selected to lead the LIRR by MTA Chairman Robert R. Kiley. His work included time with the Cleveland Union Terminal Company, Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, U.S. Army, Norfolk Southern Railway, and 14 years with Booz, Allen & Hamilton, Inc., where prior to joining the LIRR he directed a major investment strategy study for CityRail, a commuter railroad in Sydney, Australia.

Hoppe earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Purdue University in 1957 and an MBA from Harvard in 1961. In the mid-1970s, Hoppe worked for the United States Railway Association, developing a plan to reorganize various bankrupt northeast railroads into what became Conrail, the predecessor, among other things, to MTA Metro-North Railroad.

My condolences go out to the family & friends of Mr. Hoppe. May he rest in peace.

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