LIRR Christmas 2018 Service Plan

Here is the Christmas 2018 LIRR service plan that the MTA asked me to share with my readers:

MTA Long Island Rail Road is adding 13 trains from Penn Station to its regular eastbound afternoon schedule on Friday, Dec. 21, and again on Monday, Dec. 24, to accommodate the large number of customers leaving work early to get a head start to their holiday weekends and festivities. The additional departures from Penn Station will be provided between 12:46 p.m. and 3:48 p.m. as follows:

Babylon Branch (6 Extra Trains)

1:28 p.m. traveling express to Rockville Centre, then local to Babylon.

1:56 p.m. stopping at Jamaica, Rockville Centre, then local to Babylon.

2:22 p.m. traveling express to Rockville Centre, then local to Babylon.

2:32 p.m. traveling express to Lynbrook, then local to Babylon.

3:00 p.m. stopping at Jamaica, Rockville Centre, then local to Babylon.

3:31 p.m. traveling express to Rockville Centre, then local to Babylon.

Far Rockaway Branch (1 Extra Train)

3:48 p.m. stopping at Locust Manor, Laurelton, Rosedale, Valley Stream, then all stops to Far Rockaway.

Port Jefferson Branch (3 Extra Trains)

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

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

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

Port Washington Branch (1 Extra Train)

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

Ronkonkoma Branch (2 Extra Trains)

12:46 p.m. stopping at Woodside, Jamaica, Mineola, Hicksville, then local stops to Ronkonkoma.

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

Saturday, Sunday, and Tuesday, December 22-23 and 25

LIRR will operate on a regular weekend/holiday schedule from Saturday, Dec. 22, and Sunday, Dec. 23, as well as on Christmas Day, Tuesday, Dec. 25.

Family Fare

Customers are reminded that the holidays are a great time of year to take advantage of the LIRR’s Family Fare. Up to four children (ages 5-11) can ride one-way for $1 each when accompanied by a fare-paying adult (18 years or older) on any Off-Peak or PM Peak train. Additional children pay the LIRR’s Child Fare, which is 50% off the regular adult peak fare. Children under age 5 always ride the LIRR for free.

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Metro North Christmas 2018 Service Plan

Here is the Christmas 2018 service plan information the MTA Metro-North Railroad asked me to share with my readers:

Let Metro-North help make your holidays happy! Whether you’re visiting friends and family, shopping or sightseeing, riding Metro-North is a safe, convenient way to get you where you want to go this long holiday weekend.

On Friday, Dec. 21, Metro-North will be on a regular weekday schedule with 18 additional early getaway trains departing Grand Central Terminal between 12:58 p.m. and 4:11 p.m. There will be normal a.m. peak service, but a reduced p.m. peak service after 5 p.m., with some train combinations and cancellations. All changes are posted in the Train Time app and in the September 30 public timetables.

On Metro-North’s West of Hudson service, early getaway trains will also operate on both the

Port Jervis and Pascack Valley lines:

The regularly scheduled Port Jervis Line departure from Hoboken at 2:41 p.m., stopping atSecaucus Junction, and all stops between Suffern and Middletown/Town of Wallkill, will be extended to stop at Otisville and Port Jervis. Customers from Penn Station-NY wishing to connect to this train should be on the 2:29 p.m. departure from Penn Station-NY to  connect at Secaucus Junction. To accommodate this service, the 6:15 p.m. departure from Hoboken to Port Jervis will not operate.

The regularly scheduled Pascack Valley Line 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 Penn Station-NY 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 5:58 p.m. departure from Hoboken to Spring Valley will not operate.

Monday, December 24, and Tuesday, December 25:

On Monday, Dec. 24, Metro-North’s East of Hudson service will operate a regular Saturday schedule supplemented with additional service. For Christmas Day, Tuesday, Dec. 25, the railroad’s East of Hudson lines will operate a special holiday schedule with hourly service on most line segments, and regular weekend service on all branch lines. Special timetables for Dec. 24 and 25 are available on the Train Time app and are posted at MTA.info under the Schedules section, then “All Schedules,” here:

http://web.mta.info/mnr/html/planning/schedules/schedules.htm

Wednesday-Friday, December 26-28:

Metro-North will provide a weekday schedule with additional trains to Grand Central Terminal on all East of Hudson lines during our heaviest travel times (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.). With lighter ridership during the peak periods this week, some morning rush hour trains are canceled or combined to free up trains and crews for these additional trains. In addition, 18 extra Getaway trains will operate on Friday, Dec. 28, between 12:58 p.m. and 4:11 p.m., and some trains after 5 p.m. will be combined or canceled as shown on the Oct. 8 timetables.

On Metro-North’s West of Hudson lines:

The Port Jervis Line and Pascack Valley Line will operate on a regular weekday schedule.

Pinstripe Bowl: Thursday, December 27 (Yankee Stadium):

Shuttle service will be provided between Grand Central Terminal, Harlem-125th Street, and Yankees-E. 153rd Street stations.

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SI Railway Christmas 2018 Service Plan

Here is the Christmas 2018 service plan for the MTA Staten Island Railway:

Staten Island Railway (SIR) customers looking to get a head start on the Christmas holiday will again be able to catch earlier afternoon express train service on Monday, Dec. 24, with MTA Staten Island Railway’s Early Departure Getaway schedule. 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. This early departure schedule will also be available on Friday, Dec. 28, and Monday, Dec. 31, for customers getting a head start on their New Year’s Eve plans.

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5 Subway Stations To Get New Elevators

Yesterday, MTA NYC Transit announced that 5 Upper Manhattan subway stations will receive new elevators. Here are more details via the press release the MTA asked me to share with my readers:

MTA New York City Transit today announced the long-term schedule for major elevator replacement projects at five separate “deep” stations in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan, with the first set to begin in January at the 168 St station on the  line. The 168   station will be unaffected by the project.

The work will replace the existing elevators and upgrade communications, security and fire alarm systems. The projects mark the first time that the elevators and component systems at the stations have been replaced in their entirety. MTA personnel began community board and elected official outreach during the summer, and met again with Community Board 12 earlier this month where they presented travel alternatives during the first project. The other stations set to undergo elevator replacement work include the 181 St station, the 191 St   station, the 190 St  station and the 181 St  station.

“Replacing these elevators is long overdue and critical for reliable access to these unique ‘deep stations,’ and we’ve put together a schedule that takes care not to cause unnecessary inconvenience for customers,” said MTA New York City Transit President Andy Byford. “We thank our customers for their patience during this extraordinary work and hope they take advantage of the enhanced bus service and additional free transfers we’ve arranged for the duration of the projects.”

The stations have endured a great deal of water intrusion and decay over the years, which has meaningfully reduced the reliability of these elevators. Three of the stations are more than a century old, and many of the elevator components are nearly a century old. Because of these factors and the fact that these stations are located so far beneath the ground, the work is very complicated and can’t be done just during overnight hours. The work will require two full station closures of about one year each, on a schedule that has been staggered to minimize disruption.

When completed, the elevator doors at 168 St  will open at both the front and rear sides at the lower mezzanine level. The rear passageway behind the elevators at the lower mezzanine level will be reopened in order to improve customer flow.

The overall scope of work also includes improvements to the current emergency stairs, including a lighting upgrade, concrete repair and the installation of new handrails.

During construction, M5 bus service in the area will be enhanced.  Customers may use the free MetroCard transfer on the M3, M4 or M5 buses between 157th and 168th streets.  Customers are encouraged to use the 168 St   service, which will remain available while work is being done on the  line portion of the station.  Customers may transfer between the  and the     lines at the 59 St-Columbus Circle station.  There will also be temporary free out-of-system transfer between the  at 215 St or 207 St and the Inwood-207 St  station.   trains will begin bypassing the 168 St station on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019.

In accordance with new MTA Board policy, three-legged transfers will be available on a limited basis so that customers avoid paying two fares due to the station closure.  For example, a rider from the Bronx wishing to get to the  line may take the Bx10, transfer to the Bx7 and then swipe into the  station at Inwood-207 St on one fare (bus to bus to train).  Going northbound, a customer may take a bus to the   train, and then transfer at 157 St to the M5 and ride to 168 St on one fare (bus to train to bus).

The  line part of the 168 St station is 112 years old.  It is on the National Register of Historic Places along with 181 St , 181 St  and the 190 St  stations.  Some of the oldest components in these elevators and the accompanying machine rooms are more than 90 years old.  The replacement of the deep station elevators at 168 St, 191 St and 181 St on the  line is a $61 million contract that was awarded to Skanska USA. The contract for the two additional stations – 181 St and 190 St on the  line – is expected to be awarded by the end of the year.

US Congressman Adriano Espaillat (District 13) said: “I commend the MTA on its progress to begin the long overdue renovations at 168 St subway station, a main mode of commuter transportation to the Columbia University Medical Center and surrounding area. It remains critical that our city infrastructure systems are safe, secure and reliable. The upcoming renovation will force the station to close for nearly a year, however our city and surrounding communities will benefit tremendously once the station is complete.”

NYC Council Transportation Chair Ydanis Rodriguez (District 10) said: “The 168 St station plays an important role as a transportation hub with heavy usage by residents, patients at NY Hospital, families, and students who pass through the station on a regular basis. It is the number one station in terms of complaints about old infrastructure and accessibility issues. I often hear from constituents and transportation advocates about replacing the 100-year-old elevator to better accommodate the amount of riders that the 168 St station serves. The new elevators will be a much-needed addition and I am committed to working with the MTA to continuing to explore how we can make the 168 St  station accessible for all. The update to the elevators and ancillary facilities will be a great improvement for the community.”

NYS Assembly Member Al Taylor (District 71) said: “I am pleased that so many critical repairs will finally be made to the 168 St  station to make it safer and bring it up-to-date with the latest technological innovations. The replacement of these elevators are critical improvements to the 168 St  station and I look forward to exploring further possibilities with the MTA to further enhance the accessibility of this station.”

Station Dates of Construction
168 Street  Station January 5, 2019 – January 2020 (No service at station.  and  trains will continue to serve the station.)
181 St station October 2019 – October 2020 (Station will remain open with trains stopping and non-elevator entrances available for use. Elevator entrances will be closed.)
191 St station February 2020 – February 2021 (Station will remain open with trains stopping and non-elevator entrances available for use. Elevator entrances will be closed.)
190 St  station November 2020 – October 2021 (Station will remain open with trains stopping and non-elevator entrances available for use. Elevator entrances will be closed.)
181 St  station March 2021 – February 2022 (Trains will bypass station. Station will be closed.)

In the coming days, customer service personnel will staff a Help Desk at the 168 St station on the  line to assist customers who may have questions about the changes. Personnel will be on hand at the following times:

Thursday, December 20 from 3 PM to 7 PM.

Friday, December 21 from 3 PM to 7 PM.

Monday December 24 from 3 PM to 7 PM.

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MTA To Perform Repairs On 53rd St Tunnel

Yesterday, MTA NYC Transit announced that it will be performing signal modernization & repairs on the 53rd Street Tunnel that services the & . Here are more details via the press release the agency asked me to share with my readers:

MTA New York City Transit will be performing signal and power upgrades, and maintenance and repairs on signals, tracks and electrical infrastructure in and around the 53rd Street  &  Tunnel during a period of lower ridership at the end of December as part of long-term capital improvements that include the resignaling project of the Queens Boulevard Line to a Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC) system.  The work will ultimately benefit riders of the     lines as they all share track on one segment or another on either side of the tunnel.

“This intensive work in the under-river tunnel requires workers to have full access to the tracks, but it’s critical for daily reliability and for upgrading the decades-old signals to the latest modern system,” said MTA NYC Transit President Andy Byford.  “We thank our customers for their patience – this work will result in more reliable trips for everyone who uses the      lines.”

During the closure of the 53rd Street Tunnel, crews will be installing rails, plates, tie blocks and track ties, performing preventive switch maintenance, and upgrading communications, signals and electrical infrastructure, such as installing communications and power cables. Full implementation of CBTC on the Queens Boulevard Line will enable New York City Transit to address overcrowding and heavy subway ridership by operating subway trains more closely together, adding passenger capacity and more frequent service. CBTC is being installed in phases on local and express tracks serving the   lines from north of the Kew Gardens/Union Tpke  station to north of the 47-50 Sts/Rockefeller Ctr station on the   lines and south of the 50 St   station.

The 53rd Street Tunnel work will be performed between Queens Plaza and 50 St-8 Av in Manhattan, from 4:45 a.m. on Wednesday, December 26, until 5 a.m. on Monday, December 31.  Ridership is significantly lower during this holiday week compared to other weekdays, and the schedule’s efficiency means an entire month of weekend work can be accomplished in a single five-day period.  Regularly scheduled service – with New Year’s Eve service enhancements – will be in place well before the festivities begin on December 31. A similar service change was in place on these dates last year for intensive Subway Action Plan work.

For service options during this planned work:

  • Between Queens and Manhattan, trains will be rerouted along the line between Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Av and W 4 St, where they will continue on their regular route to World Trade Center.
  • trains will operate between Metropolitan Av and Chambers St.  Customers traveling to and from Forest Hills-71 Av may take the   . Customers traveling to and from Brooklyn may transfer from the line to the .
  • There will be no subway service at Lexington Av/53 St and 5 Av/53 St . For 5 Av/53 St, customers can use the nearby 47-50 Sts/Rockefeller Center station, and customers going to the Lexington Av/53 St station can take the  to 51 St.
  • Customers traveling to and from the city airports may take the    to Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Av for the Q70 LaGuardia Link bus to LaGuardia Airport, or the  train to Howard Beach-JFK for the AirTrain to John F. Kennedy International Airport.
  • trains will continue to serve Queens Plaza except overnights, when free shuttle buses will provide service by making stops at 21 St-Queensbridge, Court Sq and Queens Plaza.

Station signage has been posted to provide customer information and service alternatives, and extra customer service personnel will be posted at stations to help customers navigate the alternate service. A video detailing the service change is available here.

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