LIRR Good Friday & Easter 2016 Service Info

Here is the MTA Long Island Rail Road service plan info for Good Friday & Easter:

The Long Island Rail Road will provide additional eastbound service on Friday, March 25 for customers leaving work early on Good Friday, the start of the Easter weekend.

The Railroad will operate a regular weekday schedule with 10 additional trains departing Penn Station between 1:49 p.m. and 3:48 p.m. There will be four additional trains on the Babylon Branch, three on the Port Jefferson Branch, one each on the Port Washington, Ronkonkoma
and Far Rockaway branches. In addition, one other Port Jefferson train will make an extra stop at Jamaica

The extra Friday afternoon departures from Penn Station are as follows:

Ronkonkoma Branch:

1:49 p.m. stopping at Woodside, Jamaica, Mineola, Hicksville, then all stops to Ronkonkoma.

Port Jefferson Branch:

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

2:14 p.m. train to Port Jefferson will have an added stop at Jamaica

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

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

Babylon Branch:

2:19 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, then all stops to Babylon

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

Port Washington Branch (to Great Neck):

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

Far Rockaway Branch:

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

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SI Railway Good Friday & Easter Service Info

The MTA Staten Island Railway will operate on a regular weekday schedule on Good Friday & a regular Sunday schedule on Easter.

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Gov. Cuomo Statement On Brussels Attacks

Unless you have been under a rock all day, the biggest news in the world at the moment is the reported attacks at the airport in Brussels. Gov. Cuomo has issued a statement on the attacks. Here is more via the official press release I received:

“The senseless attacks that struck the people of Belgium earlier today have left us all stunned and heartbroken. These were acts of pure evil that have claimed the lives of people who were doing nothing more than going about their days. My heart grieves for all those who have been impacted, and as we learn more about these attacks, New York will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with the international community against terrorism – as the world has done for us in the past. And as we have seen time and again, when we are united, terror has never prevailed and never will. On behalf of all New Yorkers, I offer my thoughts and prayers to the people of Belgium on this tragic day.”

“I have directed state law enforcement officials to step up security at high-profile locations around the state, including our airports, bridges, tunnels and mass transit systems. Public safety is paramount, and I want the people of this state to know that we are working with all local and federal partners, remaining vigilant and taking all necessary measures to keep New Yorkers safe.”

While there is no known credible threat to New York State at this time, and the federal threat level has not been elevated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the following actions are being taken out of an abundance of caution to ensure the public’s safety:

• The New York National Guard this morning activated its quick reaction force from Fort Hamilton to provide additional security detail at JFK International Airport. The National Guard has 400 service members on duty today in the NYC area. The Guard is adding an additional service members to transportation infrastructure hubs downstate, including JFK and LaGuardia airports.

• The New York State Police will have State Troopers assigned to Penn and Grand Central Stations as well as the Queens Mid Town Tunnel and the George Washington Bridge.

• The Port Authority is increasing its police presence at all of its airports, bridges, tunnels and the World Trade Center, as well as the PATH and Port Authority Bus Terminal.

• The MTA is coordinating with New York State Police and the Port Authority to elevate its police presence at subway and rail stations in NYC, Westchester and Long Island.

• The State is also in active coordination with local and federal partners, including the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and the New York City Police Department.

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Metro North Makes East Of Hudson Changes

The MTA Metro-North Railroad has made some schedule improvements to East of Hudson service. Here is more via the official press release I received:

Metro-North’s East of Hudson schedules will be changing on April 3, 2016 to improve on-time performance during peak travel periods, support critical track and infrastructure work and address customer requests.

Certain morning and evening rush hour trains on the New Haven, Harlem and Hudson Lines will be adjusted by between 1 and 4 minutes. These minor adjustments will decrease train dwell time at stations, relieve congestion, increase train speed, help prevent the cascading impact of minor delays and improve on-time performance.

“After conducting a comprehensive point-by-point analysis of performance on East of Hudson lines, we made changes to existing schedules.” said Metro-North President Joseph Giulietti. “Refining the schedule allows us to continue to improve upon train reliability, giving our customers service that they can count on.”

The new schedule change also means a quieter ride for more Metro-North customers. “The response to our quiet car program has been incredibly positive,” said Giulietti. “We listened to our customers and expanded the ‘Quiet CALM-mute’ program.”

Starting on April 4, two Quiet Cars® will be available on every weekday train, both rush hour and non-rush hour service. On all weekday inbound trains, the last two cars will be designated Quiet Cars®, and on all weekday outbound trains, the first two cars will be designated Quiet Cars.® Quiet Car is the registered service mark of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) and is being used by permission.

A summary of the planned weekday schedule changes follows:

Harlem Line:

• Eight morning rush hour trains will be adjusted by 2–4 minutes.
• All four evening rush hour Wassaic through trains will have intermediate times adjusted by 1–2 minutes. Wassaic arrival times remain the same.

Hudson Line:

• The 5:35 a.m. train from Poughkeepsie to Grand Central Terminal will depart 2 minutes earlier at 5:33 a.m.
• Arrival time of the 4:54 p.m. train from Grand Central Terminal to Croton-Harmon will be adjusted 1-2 minutes later from Morris Heights to Croton-Harmon.

Metro-North responded to travel needs of our customers and added service. Due to the high volume of customers traveling to the Manitou and Breakneck Ridge stations in good weather to hike, three additional round trips will make these stops on weekends.

New Haven Line:

• Twelve morning peak hour trains will be adjusted by 1-4 minutes.
• Five evening peak trains will be adjusted by 1-3 minutes.

To accommodate needed repairs to the Devon movable bridge and catenary wire work, the temporary station at Devon Transfer will be reactivated through October 2016. All Waterbury Branch customers who usually transfer to main line trains at Bridgeport will instead get off at the Devon Transfer; travel time on the Waterbury branch will not be impacted. This bridge and track work being coordinated by Metro-North and the Connecticut Department of Transportation will help ensure the on-going reliability of the New Haven Line.

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MTA To Rebuild Aging Sections Along M Line

Earlier today, MTA NYC Transit announced plans to rebuild aging sections in Brooklyn & Queens along the M Train. Here is more via the official press release I received:

MTA New York City Transit is preparing to rebuild two crucial sections of the M line in Brooklyn and Queens in order to ensure that two decades-old deteriorating overpasses remain safe for travel.

The vital construction will occur at two sections: a metal bridge between the Fresh Pond Rd and Middle Village-Metropolitan Av stations will require a two-month shutdown. The work will begin in summer 2017 in order to cause the least possible disruption for students at nearby Christ the King Regional High School.

The second section of construction will occur at the century-old concrete viaduct that carries the M line between the Myrtle Av and Central Av stations. That section will be shut down for 10 months beginning in summer 2017.

“These temporary closures are vital to the long term viability of the M line in Brooklyn and Queens,” said NYC Transit President Veronique ‘Ronnie’ Hakim. “Both of these structures have deteriorated to the point that there is simply no other option than complete replacement, and undergoing this step will ensure a safe, more reliable experience for customers for decades to come. We will work closely with the affected communities, their elected officials and other representatives to minimize the disruption and address their concerns, and we will do our utmost to complete this work as quickly as possible.”

In order to ensure that the M line and supporting infrastructure remain safe – the MTA’s top priority – this work cannot be postponed because the structures have already severely deteriorated. The construction calls for rebuilding both sections using new material that will last longer than the original material, which is considered subpar by today’s building standards. The work will also include replacing steel girders, track beds and the platforms that carry the tracks. Because both structures are being completely replaced, the work requires the entire shutdown of the line during the construction.

“The 103 year-old Bushwick viaduct was not built to last forever. It remains safe for subway riders today but severe deterioration of the concrete deck and other components require that it be replaced,” Hakim said.

Contingency Plans for Customers

The MTA will offer robust shuttle bus service and subway service changes to customers affected by the closures.

Phase 1:

In the first phase of work during summer 2017, there will be no M service between Myrtle Av and Middle Village-Metropolitan Av for two months (nearby Christ the King Regional High School will not be in session during this time).

Two new shuttle bus routes will serve closed stations along the line, while a third shuttle bus route will operate between the Flushing Av JM station and the Middle Village-Metropolitan Av M station with an intermediate stop at the Jefferson St L station.

Phase 2:

When the metal bridge has been replaced, the second phase of work will commence for eight more months until spring 2018. During this phase, an M shuttle will run between Middle Village-Metropolitan Av and Myrtle-Wyckoff Avs, where customers can transfer to the L train. The Knickerbocker Av and Central Av stations on the M line will remain closed during this period, and will be served by a shuttle bus between Myrtle Av and Myrtle-Wyckoff Avs. Those stations are also within a 10-minute walk of alternate subway stations on the L and JZ lines.

During the shutdown, M trains to and from Manhattan will be rerouted along the J and Z tracks from Marcy Av to Broadway Junction, though peak hour frequency will be reduced by 25 percent. To accommodate displaced M customers, J and Z trains will make all stops between Marcy Av and Broadway Junction, while L trains will operate at peak frequency for extended durations each day.

Finally the MTA will address the aging infrastructure along the line as it has been in a state of disrepair for way too long.

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