LIRR To Offer Extra Service For The Start Of Labor Day Weekend

Just a few minutes ago I received a press release from the LIRR regarding extra service for the start of the Labor Day weekend. Here are the complete details:

The MTA Long Island Rail Road will be providing additional service for customers getting an early start on the Labor Day Weekend this Friday, August 29. There will be eight additional eastbound trains from Penn Station between 1:47 PM and 3:48 PM. The extra service will include: three trains on the Babylon Branch, three on the Port Jefferson Branch, one on the Port Washington Branch and one on the Far Rockaway Branch.
*See special note below on Montauk Branch service for Sunday and Monday.
The extra trains from Penn Station on Friday, August 29 are as follows:

Port Jefferson Branch to Hicksville and Huntington:

• 1:47 PM stopping at Jamaica, Carle Place and all stops to Huntington

• 2:25 PM stopping at Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Jamaica, New Hyde Park, then all stops to Huntington

• 3:18 PM stopping at Jamaica, Mineola, Westbury and Hicksville

Babylon Branch:

• 2:22 PM express to Lynbrook, then all stops to Babylon

• 2:58 PM stopping at Jamaica, Rockville Centre, then all stops to Babylon

• 3:31 PM express to Rockville Centre, then all stops to Babylon

Port Washington Branch to Great Neck:

• 3:40 PM stopping Woodside, Flushing Main St., then all stops to Great Neck

Far Rockaway Branch:

• 3:48 PM stopping at Locust Manor, Laurelton, Rosedale, Valley Stream, then all stops to Far Rockaway

Cars will also be added to selected regularly scheduled trains.

Labor Day, Monday, September 1:

On Monday, September 1, the LIRR will operate on a weekend schedule.

*SPECIAL NOTE: The following three westbound Montauk Branch trains will operate both this Sunday (August 31) and Monday (September 1). Because of an error in the printed LIRR timetables, these trains are listed as operating only on Sunday.

• 1:25 PM train from Montauk making all stops to Patchogue then Jamaica
(4:31 PM), arrive NY (5:01 PM) will operate on both Sunday (August 31) and Monday (September 1)

• 6:37 PM train from Montauk making stops at Amagansett, East Hampton, Bridgehampton, Southampton and Westhampton, then Jamaica (9:31 PM), arrive
NY (10:01 PM) will operate on both Sunday (August 31) and Monday (September 1)

• 8:40 PM train from Montauk making all stops to Westhampton, then Jamaica
(11:31 PM), arrive NY (12:01 AM) will operate on both Sunday (August 31) and Monday (September 1)

You have got to love how the Ronkonkoma Branch gets no extra service considering its high ridership #’s. As usual those riders get the short end of the stick.

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Feeling The Heat

Over the weekend I went to Atlantic City to unwind & enjoy some good drinking & gambling. When it was finally time to go back home Sunday night, I could not wait to crash in my bed. I knew the journey coming back would be a tough one as I had to take the bus to Port Authority, hop on the E train to Kew Gardens-Union Turnpike, & then hop a Q46 to where the car was parked at.

The bus trip to Port Authority was fine until the very end when it took almost an hour to get in & out of the Lincoln Tunnel. The wait for the E was annoying as surprisingly 2 uptown A’s arrived before the E. However the worst part was clearly riding the E which confirmed the accuracy of the subway car air condition report.

The air conditioning was none existent in the car I was in. It honestly felt like the fan was blowing warm air which made an already humid situation even worse. If it wasn’t for the fact I was exhausted & had no energy to move, I would have moved to another car. However looking at the faces of other riders, I don’t know how much difference that would have made.

In case you were wondering, I did not win anything over the weekend. Oh well…..

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LIRR Riders Don’t Forget About The Huge Service Shutdown

A friendly reminder to my readers who will be using the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) this weekend, give yourself plenty of time this weekend as service will be in chaos. The chaos will stem from the 48 hour shutdown of the mainline between Mineola & Jamaica that will cause disruptions to 5 LIRR lines. Click here to re-read the entry I posted a couple of weeks ago highlighting the service patterns in effect for this weekend.

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Service Diversions 08-22

I have just updated the service diversions page with the latest scheduled diversions for this weekend plus next week (and beyond in some cases). Don’t forget to check in for any changes to the page. I also suggest printing out a copy of the page to use while riding the system.

xoxo Transit Blogger

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Gov. Patterson Appoints New MTA Board Member

Catching up with news from the last 24 hours, New York Governor David A. Patterson has appointed a new MTA Board member. The new board member is Allen P. Cappelli, a 53 year old criminal defense lawyer who was at one time an ex-Democratic lobbyist. His appointment to the board was made to fill in the vacancy created by the passing of board member Francis H. Powers in June. William Neuman of the New York Times has more on the new board member:

Gov. David A. Paterson on Tuesday appointed a Staten Island lawyer and former lobbyist to the board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

The lawyer, Allen P. Cappelli, a longtime Democratic political operative, worked as the campaign manager for Carl C. McCall during his unsuccessful campaign for governor in 2002.

Mr. Cappelli, 53, was also a political adviser to the former Bronx borough president Fernando Ferrer, and was his communications director from 1998 to 2002. Before that, he was appointed to several posts by Gov. Mario M. Cuomo, including director of the state ombudsman’s office, and was a top campaign aide to Mr. Cuomo during his losing bid for re-election in 1994.

Click here for the entire article.

The governor’s website issued a press release to announce the appointment:

Governor David A. Paterson today announced the appointment of Allen P. Cappelli as a member of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board. Mr. Cappelli, of Staten Island, is currently working as an attorney in private practice.

“Allen Cappelli will fill an important vacancy on the MTA board,” said Governor Paterson. “Allen will continue to be a strong voice not only for Staten Island, but also for the eight million people who take New York public transportation each day. I look forward to his confirmation.”

Mr. Cappelli resides in Staten Island with his wife, Marina, and their three children. He has served as a board member for Project Hospitality, Staten Island Community Television and St. Vincent’s Medical Center of Richmond. He served as Vice Chairman and Land Use Chairman for Staten Island’s Community Board One and as a commissioner representing Staten Island on the New York State Charter Commission.

Professionally, Mr. Cappelli served as Communications Director to Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer from 1998 to 2002 before opening his own law office. From 1994 to 1997, Mr. Cappelli was a member of the New York State Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board, serving as Chairman of the board from 1994 to 1995. Mr. Cappelli served as Assistant Special Deputy Superintendent to the New York State Department of Insurance from 1988 to 1994, and as Director of the Office of the New York State Ombudsman from 1986 to 1988.

Mr. Cappelli received his J.D. from New York Law School, cum laude, and his B.A. from the City University of New York’s College of Staten Island.

Mr. Cappelli’s term runs through June 30, 2009. This is an unpaid position and requires confirmation by the Senate.

I am curious to see how Mr. Cappelli will do as the newest board member considering his past history with the MTA. He has been notorious for questioning the MTA’s investment in Staten Island transportation options along with their overall operational track record system wide. I sincerely hope he does not do a complete 180 & becomes a yes man on the board. Transit riders across the region do not need another yes man on the board.

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