LIRR to add extra trains, ban alcohol during New Year’s festivities

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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 15:  A Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) train sits at the platform on July 15, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Currently there are no new negotiations scheduled between the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and unions representing Long Island Rail Road workers after talks broke off abruptly on July 14. Around 300,000 riders, commuters and tourists, rely on the railroad every day which travels between Long Island and New York City. With Long Island Rail Road union leaders threatening to strike as early as Sunday, July 20, with pay increases and health care contributions are some of the issues being debated.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (PIX11) – The MTA is preparing for the rush of New Year’s revelers going to and from Long Island this year with added service and a ban on alcohol.

Twelve additional eastbound LIRR trains will be added Wednesday afternoon, on New Year’s Eve, and 20 extra westbound trains to bring party goers to Atlantic Terminal and Penn Station.

After the clock strikes midnight, 18 trains will be added to the LIRR’s eastbound service.

As in years past, the normally booze-friendly LIRR will ban alcohol on trains and platforms for 24 hours, starting at noon on Dec. 31.

From the MTA:

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
  • For More Information

For additional information customers can go to LIRR’s website at www.mta.info or reach the LIRR’s Customer Service Center by calling 511, the New York State Travel Information Line, and say “Long Island Rail Road.” The deaf or hard of hearing can use their preferred relay service provider for the free 711 relay to reach the LIRR at 511.