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Metro-North & LIRR Special Holiday(X-Mas 2012/New Years 2013)week schedule

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"Metro North Holiday Week Info"

 

"Let Metro-North take the hectic out of the holidays. There are special schedules in effect to make getting around easier, so pick up a timetable today.

 

The "Christmas Getaway" begins Friday afternoon, December 21with extra departures in the early afternoon and fewer trains in the PM peak. There is a regular AM peak schedule, extra "getaway" trains between 1 p.m. and 4:10 p.m. but from 5 p.m. through 8:30 p.m., service will be consolidated due to lighter ridership.

 

On Saturday, December 22, a regular Saturday schedule will operate, including Shoppers' Special service.

 

On Sunday, December 23, a regular Sunday schedule will operate, including Shoppers' Special service.

 

On Christmas Eve day, Monday, December 24, a Saturday schedule will be in effect with additional inbound AM service and outbound PM service. No Shoppers' Specials will operate.

 

On Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25, there is a special holiday schedule, with hourly service on the main lines, and regular weekend service on the branch lines.

 

During holiday week from Wednesday thru Friday, December 26-28, demand for AM peak service decreases, while mid-morning travel increases. Therefore, Metro-North has changed its schedules to reflect this change in ridership with some trains not operating in the AM peak and additional inbound trains operating between 10 a.m. and noon. These changes are reflected in the regular Hudson, Harlem and New Haven Line timetables.

 

Special holiday schedules for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, are now available."

 

http://www.mta.info/mta/news/releases/?en=121214-MNR1

 

 

LIRR Holiday week info

 

10 Additional Trains to Help Customers Get Home for the Holidays

 

 

MTA Long Island Rail Road has unwrapped a holiday schedule featuring 10 extra trains to help customers heading home early Friday afternoon, December 21, and again on Monday, Christmas Eve. The additional service from Penn Station will begin each day at 12:46 PM and run through 3:48 PM on six branches of the Railroad.

 

So if you're traveling for the holiday and want to get an early start or do last minute shopping, the LIRR is the way to go. Here are the extra trains being added to the schedule on those days:

 

Ronkonkoma Branch

 

 

 

  • 12:46 PM stopping at Woodside, Jamaica, Mineola, Hicksville and all stops to Ronkonkoma
  • 1:38 PM stopping at Woodside, Jamaica, Mineola, Hicksville and all stops to Ronkonkoma

 

 

 

 

Babylon Branch

 

 

 

  • 2:32 PM express to Lynbrook, then all stops to Babylon
  • 3:00 PM stopping at Jamaica, Rockville Centre, then all stops to Babylon
  • 3:31 PM express to Rockville Centre, then all stops to Babylon

 

 

 

 

With large numbers of customers taking advantage of the earlier departures, the LIRR will combine two closely-scheduled evening Babylon trains into one. The 5:59 PM from Penn Station will be cancelled and those customers accommodated by the next scheduled departure, the 6:05 PM train, which will run express to Merrick as usual, then make all local stops to Babylon.

 

Port Jefferson Branch (to Huntington)

 

 

 

  • 1:31 PM to Port Jefferson will have an added stop at Jamaica.
  • 2:08 PM stopping at Jamaica, Mineola, then all stops to Huntington
  • 2:29 PM stopping at Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Jamaica, New Hyde Park, then all stops to Huntington
  • 3:24 PM stopping at Jamaica, Mineola, Westbury, Hicksville.

 

 

 

 

Port Washington Branch

 

 

 

  • 3:40 PM stopping at Woodside, Flushing-Main St., then all stops to Port Washington.

 

 

 

 

Far Rockaway Branch

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Extra Weekend Service Continues

 

 

As it has since the weekend after Thanksgiving, the LIRR is also running extra trains over the weekends of December 22-23 and December 29-30 to make travel to and from New York City more convenient for Christmas shopping, touring, dining and entertainment.

 

Port Washington Branch

 

 

Eight extra trains are being added to Saturday and Sunday schedule four westbound trains between 9 AM and 1 PM and four eastbound trains between 4 PM and 8 PM.

 

Port Jefferson Branch

 

 

The LIRR will add one overnight train between Penn Station and Huntington to accommodate customers taking in late night events in the city during the holidays.

 

Babylon Branch

 

 

The LIRR will add one overnight train between Penn Station and Babylon to accommodate customers taking in late night events in the city during the holidays.

 

Ronkonkoma Branch

 

 

Three westbound trains between Farmingdale and Penn Station will be added to Saturday and Sunday schedules between 10 AM and 1 PM and three westbound trains between Penn Station and Farmingdale will be added to the weekend schedules between 4 PM and 7 PM. These particular trains were added with the started with the new November 12 timetable and after the holidays will remain part of the regular schedule to permanently enhance service along this busy corridor.

 

Long Beach Branch

 

 

Eight extra trains are being added to the weekend schedule – four westbound trains between 9 AM and 1 PM and four eastbound trains between 4 PM and 8 PM.

 

Family Fare Discount Begins Christmas Eve Starting at PM Peak

 

 

Beginning with the PM Peak on Christmas Eve, December 24, the Railroad kicks off its annual Family Fare Program during Off-Peak and PM Peak periods each day through New Year's Day. Family Fare allows as many as four children ages 5-11 to ride for the advance purchase fare of 75 cents per child each way when accompanied by a fare-paying adult or guardian. Children under 5 ride free on the LIRR. Regular fares remain in effect during AM Peak hours.

 

Christmas Day Service

 

 

On Christmas Day, the LIRR will be operating a holiday train schedule with Off-Peak fares and Family Fares offered throughout the day. The Railroad returns to a regular weekday schedule on Wednesday, December 26.

 

Buy Your Ticket in Advance

 

 

To ensure easy rail travel during the holiday, customers are advised to purchase tickets before you go. Round trip tickets, including MetroCards for connecting subway and bus service, can be purchased in advance in order to save time and avoid lines at LIRR ticket windows and New York City Transit MetroCard windows and ticket machines.

 

For Further Information

 

 

For additional information, customers can call 511, the New York State Travel Information Line, and say: Long Island Rail Road. Customers can also visit the LIRR's website at www.mta.info. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, use your preferred relay service provider for the free 711 relay to reach LIRR at 511."

 

http://www.mta.info/mta/news/releases/?en=121214-LIRR1

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First time I've seen MNR run a reduced Sunday schedule on Christmas instead of a normal Sunday.

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First time I've seen MNR run a reduced Sunday schedule on Christmas instead of a normal Sunday.

 

 

It's actually a good idea. NYCT should also run a reduced Sunday schedule(similar to a late Sunday evening timetable on buses and buses) as well on Sunday i.e subway lines running every 12-15 minutes as many employees i bet call in sick. Plus SEPTA, DC Metro, Chicago's CTA and almost all of America's big mass transit agencies run on basically a reduced Sunday/Limited schedule as well.

 

I bet ridership is down at least 25% than a normal Sunday on Christmas on the entire MTA network. Maybe checkmate has stats to prove it.

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It's actually a good idea. NYCT should also run a reduced Sunday schedule(similar to a late Sunday evening timetable on buses and buses) as well on Sunday i.e subway lines running every 12-15 minutes as many employees i bet call in sick. Plus SEPTA, DC Metro, Chicago's CTA and almost all of America's big mass transit agencies run on basically a reduced Sunday/Limited schedule as well.

 

I bet ridership is down at least 25% than a normal Sunday on Christmas on the entire MTA network. Maybe checkmate has stats to prove it.

 

 

Neither of us has Christmas stats...we share the same sources (mostly).

 

I doubt calling in sick is a big issues as when employees pick they know beforehand whether or not a particular assignment has them working Christmas. NYCT does run a slightly-reduced Sunday schedule. LIRR and NJT run normal Sundays. SEPTA runs a normal Sunday on bus/subway/trolley and bi-hourly service on most commuter rail lines (Trenton and Airport being the exceptions with hourly and half-hourly respectively)

 

WMATA and CTA run a reduced Sunday?

Be glad you don't live in London, the entire TfL network (bus, train, Underground, and all) closes on Christmas.

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Neither of us has Christmas stats...we share the same sources (mostly).

 

I doubt calling in sick is a big issues as when employees pick they know beforehand whether or not a particular assignment has them working Christmas. NYCT does run a slightly-reduced Sunday schedule. LIRR and NJT run normal Sundays. SEPTA runs a normal Sunday on bus/subway/trolley and bi-hourly service on most commuter rail lines (Trenton and Airport being the exceptions with hourly and half-hourly respectively)

 

WMATA and CTA run a reduced Sunday?

Be glad you don't live in London, the entire TfL network (bus, train, Underground, and all) closes on Christmas.

 

 

You mean the Tube and entire London transit network still closes on Christmas? Wow. I thought they would operate small limited service on Christmas. :o

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