Trains ban booze for St. Patrick’s day

NJ Transit, LIRR and Metro North trains will ban alcohol for the St. Patrick’s Day parade on Saturday.

On the LIRR, alcoholic beverages won’t be allowed from 12:01 a.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Sunday.  According to the LIRR website:

MTA Long Island Rail Road has scheduled nineteen extra trains, nine westbound and ten eastbound, for those traveling to and from the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16. The additional trains will supplement the LIRR’s regular weekend schedule.

In an effort to maintain orderly travel for our customers on St. Patrick’s Day weekend, the LIRR is banning alcohol systemwide from 12:01 AM on Saturday through 5 AM Sunday, March 17. Any alcoholic beverages found by MTA Police on trains, stations and platforms will be confiscated by MTA Police.

LIRR customers can buy round trip tickets including MetroCards for connecting subway and bus service in advance in order to save time and avoid lines at LIRR ticket windows and ticket machines and New York City Transit MetroCard windows and ticket machines.

Regular weekend, off-peak fares are in effect, including the special Family Fare discount and CityTicket. Under the Family Fare program, up to four children, ages 5-11, can ride trains that day for $1 each (one-way) when accompanied by a fare-paying parent or guardian. Current weekly and monthly ticket holders just pay for the kids. Children under five ride free.

The special weekend CityTicket is also available – just $4 (one way) for travel within New York City on LIRR trains on Saturdays/Sundays. The CityTicket must be purchased at ticket windows or ticket machines located in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens; it cannot be bought on board trains. CityTicket is not valid for travel to or from Far Rockaway Station.

Extra-Trains for NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16
The following trains are being added to the regular weekend schedule:

Westbound to Penn Station
Babylon Branch

Three additional trains leave Wantagh at 8:37 AM, 9:41 AM and 10:22 AM.

Port Washington Branch

Three additional trains leave Port Washington at 10:10, AM 11:10 AM and 12:10 PM, making all local stops to Flushing-Main St., then Woodside and Penn Station.

Ronkonkoma Branch

Three additional trains leave Ronkonkoma at 7:18 AM, 8:18 AM and 9:18 AM, making all local stops to Mineola, then New Hyde Park, Jamaica, Woodside and Penn Station.

Eastbound from Penn Station
Babylon Branch

Three additional trains depart Penn Station at 2:28 PM, 2:58 PM and 3:58 PM, stopping at Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Jamaica, and Lynbrook, then all local stops to Babylon.

Port Washington Branch

Three additional trains depart Penn Station at 3:37 PM, 4:37 PM and 5:48 PM, stopping at Woodside, Flushing-Main St., and then all local stops to Port Washington.

Ronkonkoma Branch

Four additional trains depart Penn Station at 2:47 PM, 3:47 PM, 4:47 PM, 5:47 PM stopping at Woodside, Jamaica, Mineola, Hicksville, and then all local stops to Ronkonkoma.

NJ TRANSIT

For more information on the NJ Transit weekend schedules check their website.

METRO NORTH

Metro North riders should see the following information from the MTA website:

You don’t need the luck of the Irish to travel to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16th, at 11 AM, thanks to the extra trains we’ll be operating in addition to our regular Saturday schedule to and from the parade on our Hudson, Harlem and New Haven Lines.

Please note: On Saturday, March 16th, alcohol will not be allowed all day on trains, platforms and at stations. (MTA Police will enforce this restriction.)

We’ll have extra inbound trains to make sure everyone gets to the parade, which begins at 44th Street, a convenient two blocks away from Grand Central Terminal!

After you’ve cheered yourself green, we’ll have additional trains ready to take you home.

We’ll also have extra cars on a select number of regularly scheduled inbound and outbound trains to ensure everyone gets to “go green” on time!

We strongly urge our customers to buy their roundtrip rail tickets before boarding at ticket machines and ticket offices. The costs for tickets purchased on board trains are significantly higher.

At select stations with anticipated higher ridership, tickets will be collected prior to boarding the train-see details below.

The following inbound service changes will be in effect:

Hudson Line:
Note: At Poughkeepsie, New Hamburg & Beacon Stations, tickets will be collected before boarding – you must buy your roundtrip tickets in advance at ticket machines and ticket offices. (Customers will not be allowed on platforms without a ticket.)

7:34 AM from Poughkeepsie, stopping at Beacon and Harlem-125th Street, arriving GCT at 9:03 AM.
7:35 AM from New Hamburg, stopping at Beacon and Harlem-125th Street, arriving GCT at 8:55 AM.
The 7:40 AM from Poughkeepsie will run express after Croton-Harmon, making its next stop at Harlem-125th Street and arriving GCT at 9:21 AM.
An extra express train will depart Croton-Harmon at 8:39 AM, making stops at Ossining, Tarrytown, Dobbs Ferry, Hastings-on-Hudson, Yonkers, Marble Hill, Harlem-125th Street, arriving GCT at 9:34 AM.
8:54 AM from Croton-Harmon, stopping at Ossining, Tarrytown, Dobbs Ferry, Hastings-on-Hudson, Yonkers, Marble Hill, Harlem-125th Street, arriving GCT at 9:49 AM.
8:30 AM from Poughkeepsie, stopping at New Hamburg, Beacon, Harlem-125th Street, arriving GCT at 10:00 AM.
9:28 AM from Croton-Harmon, stopping at Tarrytown, Harlem-125th Street, arriving GCT at 10:15 AM.
The 12:40 PM from Poughkeepsie will run express after Croton-Harmon, stopping at Harlem-125th Street, arriving GCT at 2:21 PM.
An extra express train will depart Croton-Harmon at 1:38 PM, stopping at Ossining, Tarrytown, Dobbs Ferry, Hastings-on-Hudson, Yonkers, Marble Hill, Harlem-125th Street, arriving GCT at 2:33 PM.

Harlem Line:

8:06 AM from Southeast, stopping at Brewster, Goldens Bridge, Katonah, Mount Kisco, Chappaqua, Pleasantville, North White Plains, and White Plains, then express to Harlem-125th Street, arriving GCT at 9:28 AM.
8:35 AM from Southeast, stopping at Brewster, Goldens Bridge, Katonah, Mount Kisco, Chappaqua, North White Plains, and White Plains, then express to Harlem-125th Street, arriving GCT at 9:54 AM.
9:06 AM from Southeast, stopping at Brewster, Goldens Bridge, Katonah, Mount Kisco, Chappaqua, Pleasantville, North White Plains, and White Plains, then express to Harlem-125th Street, arriving GCT at 10:28 AM.
9:30 AM from Southeast, stopping at Brewster, Goldens Bridge, Katonah, Mount Kisco, Chappaqua, Pleasantville, North White Plains, and White Plains, then express to Harlem-125th Street, arriving GCT at 10:54 AM.
10:06 AM from Southeast, stopping at Brewster, Goldens Bridge, Katonah, Mount Kisco, Chappaqua, Pleasantville, North White Plains, and White Plains, then express to Harlem-125th Street, arriving GCT at 11:28 AM.

New Haven Line:
Note: At New Haven Station, tickets will be collected before boarding–buy your roundtrip tickets in advance at ticket machines and ticket offices. (Customers will not be allowed on platforms without a ticket.)

8:46 AM from New Haven, stopping at Milford, Stratford, Bridgeport, Fairfield Metro, Fairfield, Westport, Harlem-125th Street, arriving GCT at 10:22 AM.
9:21 AM from New Haven, stopping at Milford, Bridgeport, Harlem-125th Street, arriving GCT at 10:54 AM.
9:48 AM from New Haven, stopping at Milford, Stratford, Bridgeport, Fairfield Metro, Fairfield, Westport, Harlem-125th Street, arriving GCT at 11:24 AM.

The following outbound extra trains will operate:

Hudson Line:

4:16 PM from GCT, stopping at Harlem-125th Street, Croton-Harmon, Cortlandt, Peekskill, Garrison, Cold Spring, Beacon, New Hamburg, arriving Poughkeepsie at 5:59 PM.
5:16 PM from GCT, stopping at Harlem-125th Street, Croton-Harmon, Cortlandt, Peekskill, Garrison, Cold Spring, Beacon, New Hamburg, arriving Poughkeepsie at 6:59 PM.

Harlem Line:

3:23 PM from GCT, stopping at Harlem-125th Street, White Plains, North White Plains, Valhalla, Hawthorne, Pleasantville, Chappaqua, Mt. Kisco, Bedford Hills, Katonah, Goldens Bridge, Purdy’s, Croton Falls, Brewster, arriving Southeast at 4:53 PM.
5:37 PM from GCT, stopping at Harlem-125th Street, Chappaqua, Mt. Kisco, Bedford Hills, Katonah, Goldens Bridge, Purdy’s, Croton Falls, Brewster, arriving Southeast at 7:03 PM.

New Haven Line:

3:55 PM from GCT, stopping at Harlem-125th Street, South Norwalk, Westport, Fairfield, Fairfield Metro, Bridgeport, Stratford, Milford, arriving New Haven at 5:33 PM.
4:57 PM from GCT, stopping at Harlem-125th Street, Westport, Fairfield, Fairfield Metro, Bridgeport, Stratford, Milford, arriving New Haven at 6:34 PM.
5:57 PM from GCT, stopping at Harlem-125th Street, Westport, Fairfield, Fairfield Metro, Bridgeport, Stratford, Milford, arriving New Haven at 7:34 PM.

For our Port Jervis Line Customers: We’ll operate the following extra service in addition to our regular Saturday schedule:

Inbound:

8:15 AM from Port Jervis; all stops to Suffern, then Secaucus Junction and Hoboken, arriving Penn Station-NY at 10:37 AM.

Outbound:

5:20 PM from Hoboken/5:14 PM from Penn Station; stops at Secaucus Junction, Suffern, and all stops to Port Jervis.

For more details go to our schedules page or call Metro-North’s Customer Service Center at 511 (in Connecticut, call 877-690-5114).

 

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