LIRR Memorial Day 2016 Service Info

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

MTA Long Island Rail Road will provide 10 additional early‐afternoon trains from Penn Station on Friday, May 27, 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 the regular Friday afternoon schedule:

Ronkonkoma Branch

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

Port Jefferson Branch

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

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, and then all stops to Babylon

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

3 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 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)

These three regularly scheduled Friday‐only afternoon departures will operate on May 27:

1:42 p.m. out of Penn Station connecting at Jamaica with 2:07 p.m. to Montauk 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

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Metro North Memorial Day 2016 Service Info

Here is the Metro-North service plan info for the upcoming Memorial Day 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 27, and plenty of trains to get you to your destination during the long holiday weekend.

Friday, May 27

On Friday, May 27, 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

The regularly scheduled departure from Hoboken at 2:41 p.m., stopping at Secaucus Junction, and all stops between Suffern and Middletown/Town of Wallkill, will be extended to stop at Otisville and Port Jervis. Customers from Manhattan 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.

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 Spring Valley will not operate.

Saturday, May 28, to Monday, May 30

On Saturday, May 28, and Sunday, May 29, a regular weekend schedule will be in effect.

On Monday, May 30, 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 2016 Service Info

Here is the Staten Island Railway service plan info for the upcoming Memorial Day 2016 holiday weekend:

MTA Staten Island Railway will operate its Early Departure Get Away schedule on Friday, May 27. 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.

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MTA Adds Service To Area Beaches

The temperatures outside are a preview of what to expect this upcoming summer season which is just around the corner. In preparation of it, the MTA has announced it is adding service to area beaches. Here are more details:

Summer weekend ridership on the S Train Rockaway Park shuttle, which normally operates between Rockaway Park-Beach 116 St and Broad Channel, has grown dramatically over the last few years and is now well in excess of pre-Super Storm Sandy levels.

In response to this growing ridership, and to better accommodate travelers heading to and from Rockaway Beach on weekends this summer, MTA New York City Transit will be extending the S Train from Broad Channel to the Rockaway Blvd station on the A Train line from approximately 9am to 9pm.

The extension of the S Train to Rockaway Blvd will allow southbound (beach-bound) customers to transfer to the S Trainfrom both the Lefferts Blvd A Train train and the Far Rockaway A Train train, effectively doubling southbound access to the S Train. Likewise, the S Train extension will allow northbound Shuttle riders to transfer to S Train trains originating at either Lefferts Blvd or Far Rockaway.

The extended S Train service will begin on Sunday, June 12 and will operate until at least Labor Day. If New York City public beaches are open on September weekends after Labor Day, as was the case in 2015 and as has been proposed going forward, the extended shuttle service will also operate on those weekends.

In addition, service on the Q35 bus route, which operates between the Brooklyn College-Flatbush Av 2 Train & 5 Trainstation and Rockaway Park, via Flatbush Avenue and Jacob Riis Park, will be increased starting July 3. More than 35 trips on both Saturday and Sunday will be added and frequencies will go from every 10-11 minutes to 7 1/2 minutes.

In the Bronx starting this Saturday, Bx12 local service, which normally operates between Sedgwick Avenue and Pelham Bay will be extended to Orchard Beach from approximately 7am to 8pm. On weekends additional Bx12 service to Orchard Beach has been added because the Bx5 now serves Bay Plaza.

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Cuomo Fast Tracks LIRR Hicksville Project

Gov. Cuomo has announced that he is fast tracking the $121 million modernization project for the LIRR’s Hicksville station. Here are more details via the official press release:

Governor Andrew Cuomo has put the planned $121 million modernization of the Long Island Rail Road’s aging Hicksville station on the fast track, announcing the LIRR and the prime contractor have agreed to complete the job in 22 months, 13 months sooner than planned.

“Hicksville station is the LIRR’s third busiest station – topped only by Penn and Jamaica – and it’s a key transfer point for customers on the Port Jefferson and Ronkonkoma branches,” Governor Cuomo said. “To have such an important transportation hub encumbered by construction for three years was out of the question. In order to speed up the process both the LIRR and the contractor have worked out a unique construction methodology shortening the total construction time from 35 to 22 months.”

The Governor’s announcement came as the MTA Board today unanimously approved the award of $56.7 million construction contract for Hicksville to Railroad Construction Company/Citnalta, a joint venture. LIRR officials said work could get underway as early as July.

Governor Cuomo noted that the Hicksville upgrade is one of number LIRR projects subject to an innovative 2013 Project Labor Agreement between the LIRR and the Buildings and Construction Trades Council of Nassau and Suffolk that has helped reduce construction costs by 10%. The entire project is funded by the MTA Capital Program, of which the state is the chief supporter.

The Hicksville modernization is really two projects in one, the complete rehabilitation of the 55 year-old station at a cost of $68.8 million and construction of the Hicksville North Track Siding at the west end the station at a cost of $52.4 million. The North Track Siding will be built by the LIRR’s workforce. Railroad Construction Company/Citnalta will handle the station renovation and prepare the North Track Siding site.

The station upgrades include new platforms with glass-enclosed, heated waiting rooms, lighting, translucent canopy roof, stairways, escalators, plaza elevators, a video security system, audio and digital communications systems and signage. MTA Arts & Design plans artist designed ceramic mosaic murals and laminated art glass. If construction begins this summer, the station work should be done by spring 2018.

The North Siding will connect Track 1 at Hicksville to an existing track siding situated about one-half mile west of the station platform. The siding will improve the Railroad’s ability to reroute trains in the event of maintenance, construction or service disruptions.

Railroad Construction Company is a major East Coast general contractor with experience in all areas of civil construction, rail construction and building construction and is currently working for the LIRR on the new Colonial Road Improvement Project near Great Neck station. Citnalta is a Bohemia, L.I based construction firm that has over the past decade completed more a dozen projects for the MTA, including rehabilitation of 15 subway stations.

The design for the Hicksville Station revitalization was done by AECOM, a global provider of professional technical and management support services to a broad range of markets, including transportation, facilities, environment, energy, water and government.

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