LIRR Memorial Day 2015 Service Info

Here is the LIRR service plan info for the upcoming Memorial Day 2015 holiday weekend:

MTA Long Island Rail Road will provide ten additional early-afternoon train trains from Penn Station on Friday, May 22, for customers planning an early start to the Memorial Day Weekend. The LIRR will operate on a regular weekend schedule on Saturday and Sunday and on a holiday
schedule on Memorial Day.

The following trains have been added to regular Friday afternoon schedule:

Ronkonkoma Branch:

1:40 p.m. stopping at Woodside, Jamaica, Mineola, Hicksville, and then all stops to Ronkonkoma

Babylon Branch:

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

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

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

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

Port Jefferson Branch:

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

2:26 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

Port Washington Branch:

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

Far Rockaway Branch:

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

Montauk-Bound (Including the Cannonball):

1:43 p.m. from Penn Station, connects to 1:49 p.m. Hunterspoint Avenue train, leaving Jamaica at 2:10 p.m., stopping at Westhampton, Hampton Bays, Southampton, Bridgehampton, East Hampton, Amagansett and Montauk

4:06 p.m. Cannonball express from Penn Station making stops in Westhampton, Southampton, Bridgehampton, East Hampton and Montauk

5:09 p.m. from Penn Station, stopping in Jamaica, Babylon and all stops to Montauk

Service to the North Fork and Greenport:

5:21 p.m. from Ronkonkoma making all stops to Greenport.

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Metro North Memorial Day 2015 Service Info

Here is the Metro-North service plan for the upcoming Memorial Day 2015 holiday weekend:

To help you get a jump on the Memorial Day weekend – the unofficial start of summer – Metro- North Railroad has extra early getaway service on Friday, May 22, and plenty of trains to get you to your destination during the long holiday weekend.

Friday, May 22

On Friday, May 22, there are 17 extra “getaway” departures from Grand Central Terminal between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., and one extra departure from Hoboken Terminal on Metro-North’s Port Jervis Line. Some late p.m. peak trains will be canceled/combined due to reduced ridership in this time period. All extra and cancelled trains are shown in the current timetable.

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 trains from Grand Central will not operate or are combined:

The 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.

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

The 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.

The 6:07 p.m. to New Haven and the 6:11 p.m. to Bridgeport are combined, departing Grand Central at 6:11 p.m., stopping at Harlem-125th Street and all stations between South Norwalk and New Haven.

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

The 7:09 p.m. 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 and Southeast.

The following trains from 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

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 from Grand Central will not operate:

The 5:29 p.m. train to Poughkeepsie

The 5:57 p.m. to Croton-Harmon

The 6:12 p.m. 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:

An early Port Jervis Line getaway train will depart Hoboken at 2:40 p.m., stopping at Secaucus Junction, and all stops between Suffern and Port Jervis. Customers from Manhattan who are wishing to connect to this train should be on the 2:33 p.m. departure from Penn Station-NY to
connect at Secaucus Junction. To accommodate the early getaway train, the 6:13 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 Port Jervis will not operate.

Saturday, May 23, to Monday, May 25:

On Saturday, May 23 & Sunday, May 24, a regular weekend schedule will be in effect.

On Monday, May 25, Memorial Day, a Sunday schedule will be in effect on the Harlem, Hudson and New Haven Lines, and 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.

Grand Central North will be closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

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SI Railway Memorial Day 2015 Service Info

Here is the Memorial Day 2015 service plan info for the Staten Island Railway:

MTA Staten Island Railway will operate its Early Departure Get Away schedule on Friday, May 22. 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. The Early Departure Get Away service plan on SIR is also available on Wednesday, July 3 (before Independence Day), Labor Day weekend, Christmas and New Year’s. It will also operate on the day before Thanksgiving.

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Service Diversions 05-14-15

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

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LIRR Riders To Experience Significant Delays

Nearly 40.000 LIRR riders can expect significant delays this weekend when service is completely suspended for 48 hours between Hicksville & Mineola. Here are more details via an official release I received:

An estimated 40,000 Long Island Rail Road customers face significant delays over the weekend of Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17 when the Railroad suspends train service between Hicksville and Mineola during demolition of the Ellison Ave. Bridge in Westbury. Hockey fans planning to take the train to Madison Square Garden for the New York Rangers’ Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals against Tampa Bay at 1 p.m. on Saturday will need to plan their travels with this service disruption in mind.

The 48-hour service outage affects all LIRR branches but will primarily affect the Ronkonkoma and Port Jefferson Branches where customers are facing 40-60 minutes of extra travel time because their regular route to and from New York City takes them right through the demolition zone in Westbury. However, all Long Island Rail Road branches will be affected with revised departure and arrival times for weekend trains. Special weekend timetables will be in effect on all branches.

As an alternative, LIRR President Patrick A. Nowakowski urged Ronkonkoma and Port Jefferson Branch customers to use other LIRR branches if possible, including the Babylon, Far Rockaway, Hempstead, Long Beach, Montauk, Port Washington, Oyster Bay or West Hempstead Branches, during the two day construction period. Those branches will experience minor only scheduled adjustments.

“We regret the inconvenience, but for obvious safety reasons, demolition of the bridge requires a complete suspension of train service between Hicksville and Mineola,” Nowakowski said. “We are working hard to minimize the impact by providing bus service and re-routing trains. Everyone should consult the special May 16-17 weekend branch timetables to pinpoint the departure and arrival times of their trains and allow for plenty of extra travel time.”

The LIRR is replacing the obsolete bridge as part of a $17.5 million project to improve safety for railroad customers as well as the thousands of motorists and pedestrians who use the 74-year-old span each day. The project includes replacement of the bridge, a new roadway, sidewalks, curbs, fencing and paving and is being financed by the MTA Capital Program. The new bridge is scheduled to open by April 2016 and all construction activities, including site restoration, will be completed by June 2016.

Local elected officials and community leaders have lobbied for years for the bridge’s replacement, citing the ever-worsening condition of the roadway.

State Senator Jack M. Martins, long a proponent of a new bridge, said: “After decades of waiting, the Westbury/Carle Place community is one step closer to having a new, state of the art bridge. While this project, like any major construction project, will cause some temporary inconvenience, it will be far outweighed by the long-term community benefits in terms of safety, economic development, and job creation. I thank the Long Island Rail Road for continuing to move forward and for working with Westbury Mayor Peter I, Cavallaro and I to ensure this vital project is completed.”

Mayor Cavallaro said: “The Village and surrounding residents are happy that the bridge work is underway. This weekend is a crucial one for the project, as the bulk of the bridge will be taken away. We appreciate the continuing efforts of Senator Martins and his staff in monitoring this project, and we are very happy with the way that LIRR and its contractor, Posillico, have conducted the project so far. We continue to work with them, and all involved parties, to minimize any local impacts and to make sure that the project proceeds according to plan and can be completed in a timely manner.”

Summary of Changes for Weekend of Saturday & Sunday May 16-17:

Ronkonkoma Branch

Midnight – 7 AM:

Buses replace trains between Hicksville and Mineola.

7 AM – Midnight:

Bethpage customers will be bused between Mineola and Hicksville. Ronkonkoma through Farmingdale customers will travel to/from Penn Station by train without transfers, as trains will be diverted via the Central & Babylon Branches.

Huntington/Port Jefferson Branch:

Buses replace trains between Hicksville and Mineola for the entire weekend. Trains between Huntington and Port Jefferson will operate every two hours instead of the usual 90-minute intervals. Service between Huntington and Penn Station will operate hourly instead of the usual 30-minute intervals. Carle Place and Westbury will be served by buses only.

Traffic Detours:

The Ellison Avenue Bridge, long the bane of motorists and truck drivers because of its badly deteriorated roadway, was closed to vehicular traffic on April 14. Since then, the LIRR and its contractors have been preparing for the demolition. During the year-long closure, only local traffic will be allowed on Ellison Ave. All other vehicles will be detoured to Post Ave. and Cherry Lane in Westbury. For the grade crossing improvement work, vehicular traffic will be diverted from School St. to Urban Ave. and Post Ave. for the entire weekend.

Attention New York Mets Fans Heading to CitiField:

To avoid busing and delays to Mets home games on May 16 & 17, take south shore branches or the Port Washington Branch. At Woodside, eastbound customers must board trains in the first two cars all weekend. Ronkonkoma trains will not stop at Woodside all that weekend.

Parking at Hicksville Station:

The Town of Oyster Bay parking lot on the north side of Hicksville Station will be closed on Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17 to accommodate MTA shuttle buses transporting customers between Hicksville and Mineola. Parking will be available in the Town of Oyster Bay parking garage just east of Hicksville Station.

School St. Grade Crossing & Other Work in the Vicinity:

In addition, the LIRR will take advantage of the 48-hour train service suspension by performing other critical work in the vicinity during the outage. This additional work will include switch improvements in Hicksville, rail welding g and drainage work between Carle Place and Hicksville and replacement of the School St. grade crossing in Westbury. To accommodate the grade crossing improvement work, vehicular traffic will be diverted from School St. to Urban Ave. and Post Ave. for the entire weekend.

Pick Up the Special Timetable for Your Branch:

For specific departure and arrival times for trains operating during the May 16-17 weekend, customers should pick up a copy of the special timetable for their branch or view it online at www.mta.info/lirr.

This is definitely a weekend to avoid the LIRR if you can!

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