HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

I would like to take this time & wish every one of my readers a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I truly appreciate the ever growing amount of readers who visit the site & send their thoughtful messages my way. This is a true labor of love that I am proud to share with each & every one of you!

Thanks for all of the support & may the new year be your best ever!

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LIRR New Year’s Holiday Service Plan

As a reminder, the Long Island Rail Road will be providing extra service for New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day. Here are the full details:

MTA Long Island Rail Road will provide 12 additional eastbound trains on the afternoon of Wednesday, December 31 from Penn Station and 20 extra westbound trains to Penn Station and Atlantic Terminal, Brooklyn for this year New Year’s Eve celebration, including the Elton John New Year’s Eve Concert at Barclays Center, located right across from Atlantic Terminal.

Then to help those folks get home safely, the Railroad is adding 18 eastbound trains from Penn Station and Atlantic Terminal during the early morning hours of New Year’s Day. The eastbound trains from Atlantic Terminal will not depart until 20 minutes after the concert ends.

Alcohol Ban:

As in prior years, alcoholic beverage will not be allowed on LIRR trains, stations and platforms from 12 Noon on New Year’s Eve (Wednesday, December 31) through 12 noon on New Year’s Day (Thursday, January 1, 2014).

12 Extra Early Afternoon Eastbound Trains on New Year’s Eve

A total of 12 extra trains have been added to the schedules on the Babylon, Port Jefferson/Huntington, Port Washington and Far Rockaway branches,

Babylon Branch (6 Extra Trains):

• 1:28 p.m. from Penn Station, running express to Rockville Centre and making local stops to Babylon.

• 1:53 p.m. from Penn Station, stopping at Jamaica, Rockville Centre and making local stops to Babylon.

• 2:19 p.m. from Penn Station running express to Rockville Centre and making local stops to Babylon.

• 2:32 p.m. from Penn Station running express to Lynbrook and making local stops to Babylon.

• 3 p.m. from Penn Station, stopping at Jamaica, Rockville Centre and making local stops to Babylon.

• 3:31 p.m. train from Penn Station running express Rockville Centre and making local stops to Babylon.

With large numbers of customers taking advantage of these earlier departures, the LIRR will combine two closely-scheduled evening Babylon trains into one. The 5:59 p.m. from Penn Station will be cancelled and those customers accommodated by the next scheduled departure, the 6:05 p.m. train, which will run express to Merrick as usual, then make all local stops to Babylon.

Port Jefferson/Huntington Branch (3 Extra Trains):

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

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

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

Port Washington Branch (1 Extra Train):

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

Ronkonkoma Branch (1 Extra Train):

• 1:46 p.m. to Woodside, Jamaica, Mineola, Hicksville, local to Ronkonkoma

Far Rockaway Branch (1 Extra Train):

• 3:48 p.m. from Penn Station stopping at Locust Manor, Laurelton, Rosedale, Valley Stream and all stops to Far Rockaway.

20 Extra Evening Westbound Trains on New Year’s Eve

Twenty extra trains to Penn Station and Atlantic Terminal, Brooklyn, have been added to schedules on the Babylon, Montauk, Port Jefferson/Huntington, Port Washington, Long Beach, Ronkonkoma and Hempstead branches.

Babylon Branch (5 Extra Trains):

• 5:47 p.m. from Babylon running local to Rockville Centre and then stopping at Jamaica and Atlantic Terminal, Brooklyn.

• 6:20 p.m. from Babylon running local to Rockville Centre and then stopping at Jamaica.

• 7:24 p.m. from Babylon running local to Rockville Centre, then stopping at Jamaica and Penn Station.

• 8:09 p.m. from Babylon running local to Rockville Centre and then stopping at Jamaica and Penn Station.

• 9:05 p.m. from Babylon running local to Rockville Centre and then stopping at Jamaica and Penn Station.

Montauk Branch (1 Extra Train):

• 8 p.m. from Speonk running local to Babylon, then express to Jamaica

Port Jefferson/Huntington Brach (7 Extra Trains):

• 4:55 p.m. from Huntington, stopping at Cold Spring Harbor, Syosset, Hicksville and Jamaica and Penn Station.

• 6:39 p.m. from Huntington, stopping at Cold Spring Harbor, Syosset, Hicksville, Jamaica and Atlantic Terminal, Brooklyn.

• 6:59 p.m. from Hicksville running local to Jamaica and then Penn Station.

• 7:10 p.m. from Port Jefferson, running local to Huntington, then stopping at Hicksville and Jamaica and then Penn Station.

• 7:33 p.m. from Hicksville running local to Jamaica and then Penn Station.

• 7:38 p.m. from Huntington making all stops to Jamaica and then Penn Station.

• 8:25 p.m. from Huntington making all stops to Jamaica and then Penn Station.

Port Washington Branch (2 Extra Trains):

• 7:07 p.m. from Great Neck making all stops to Woodside, then Penn Station.

• 8:42 p.m. from Port Washington making all stops to Woodside, then Penn Station.

Long Beach Branch (2 Extra Trains):

• 5:42 p.m. from Long Beach making all stops to Jamaica, then Penn Station.

• 8:15 p.m. from Long Beach making all stops to Jamaica, then Penn Station.

Ronkonkoma Branch (2 Extra Trains):

• 7:42 p.m. from Ronkonkoma running local to Wyandanch, then stopping at Farmingdale, Bethpage, Hicksville, Mineola, Jamaica and Penn Station.

• 8:39 p.m. from Ronkonkoma running local to Wyandanch, then stopping at Farmingdale, Bethpage, Hicksville, Mineola, Jamaica and Penn Station.

Hempstead Branch (1 Extra Train):

• 7:31 p.m. from Hempstead making all stops to Jamaica, then Penn Station.

18 Extra Early Morning Eastbound Trains on New Year’s Day:

Babylon Branch (6 Extra Trains):

• 1:13 a.m. from Penn Station, stopping at Jamaica, Lynbrook and all stops to Babylon.

• 1:34 a.m. from Atlantic Terminal, stopping at Jamaica, Lynbrook and all stops to Babylon.

• 2:04 a.m. from Atlantic Terminal, stopping at Jamaica, Lynbrook and all stops to Babylon.

• 2:11 a.m. from Penn Station stopping at Lynbrook and all stops to Babylon.

• 2:59 a.m. from Penn Station, stopping at Jamaica, Lynbrook and all stops to Babylon.

• 3:29 a.m. from Penn Station, stopping at Jamaica, Lynbrook and all stops to Babylon.

Montauk Branch (1 Extra Train):

• 1:29 a.m. Penn Station, stopping at Jamaica, Rockville Centre and all stops to Speonk.

Huntington Branch (2 Extra Train):

• 1:54 a.m. from Penn Station, stopping at Jamaica, New Hyde Park, then all stops to Huntington.

• 2:14 a.m. from Atlantic Terminal, stopping at Jamaica, New Hyde Park and all stops to Huntington.

Port Jefferson Branch (1 Extra Train):

• 3:12 a.m. from Penn Station, stopping at Jamaica, New Hyde Park and all stops to Port Jefferson

Ronkonkoma Branch (4 Extra Trains):

• 12:49 a.m. from Penn Station, stopping at Jamaica, Mineola, Hicksville and all stops to Ronkonkoma.

• 1:39 a.m. from Atlantic Terminal stopping at Jamaica, Mineola, Hicksville and all stops to Ronkonkoma.

• 2:03 a.m. from Penn Station, stopping at Jamaica, Mineola, Hicksville and all stops to Ronkonkoma.

• 3:54 a.m. from Penn Station, stopping at Jamaica, Mineola, Hicksville and all stops to Ronkonkoma

Port Washington Branch (3 Extra Trains):

• 12:35 a.m. from Penn Station, stopping at Woodside, Flushing Main St. and making all stops to Port Washington.

• 2:19 a.m. from Penn Station, stopping at Woodside, Flushing Main St. and making all stops to Port Washington.

• 4:19 a.m. from Penn Station, stopping at Woodside, Flushing Main St. and making all stops to Port Washington.

Long Beach Branch (1 Extra Train):

• 2:44 a.m. from Long Beach, stopping at Jamaica, Valley Stream, all stops to Long Beach

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MTA Officer Succumbs To Injuries

Thomas Choi

I never like to share these stories….. but unfortunately I bring the sad news that MTA Bridges & Tunnels Officer Thomas Choi has passed away stemming from the injuries he suffered in an accident while reopening the Brooklyn-bound lower roadway on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

The MTA has more via this press release I received:

It is with great sadness that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announces that MTA Bridges and Tunnels Officer Thomas Choi has succumbed to injuries suffered in an Oct. 20, 2013 collision at the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

Officer Choi is the first Bridge and Tunnel Officer to die in the line of duty in the 81-year history of MTA Bridges and Tunnels, which is formally known as the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority.

Officer Choi, 62, was struck and critically injured by a vehicle as he was reopening the Brooklyn-bound lower level roadway on the morning of Oct. 20, 2013. He was initially treated at Staten Island University Hospital and later transferred for long-term care to Seaview Rehabilitation Center. Officer Choi was recently transferred back to Staten Island University Hospital where he passed away this morning. He never regained consciousness.

“Officer Choi dedicated himself to serving and protecting everyone who travels the bridges and tunnels that unite New York, and all of us at the MTA join in mourning him,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast. “We send our deepest condolences to his family.”

“The entire MTA Bridges and Tunnels family is deeply saddened by the loss of Officer Choi,” said MTA Bridges and Tunnels President James Ferrara. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and all of his colleagues who have worked with him. He was genuinely liked by all who knew him.”

Officer Choi was removing barrels from a closed roadway when he was struck. The driver of the car, a 26-year-old Bayonne, N.J., woman, remained at the scene. The New York City Police Department Collision Investigation Squad subsequently determined there was no criminality involved and the driver was not charged.

Officer Choi joined MTA Bridges and Tunnels Jan. 27, 2003, and resided in Staten Island. He is survived by two grown children, a daughter, Tiffany, and a son, Timothy.

My condolences go out to all of his family, friends & peers during this emotional time.

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Service Diversions 12-27-14

I have just updated the Service Diversions through all of next week.

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Have a great weekend!

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MERRY CHRISTMAS

I would like to take this time & wish all of my readers a MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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