New MTA Long Island Rail Road timetables will go into effect on Monday, with service improvements on tap for Babylon.
The LIRR is also adding extra service systemwide for the Thanksgiving holiday period, while one switch resurfacing project in Wantagh will impact service on the Babylon and Montauk branches.
This Nov. 11 timetable will remain in effect through Feb. 23, 2014.
During the same extended holiday period, one eastbound train overnight has been added on weekends between Penn Station and Babylon. The added train will leave from Penn Station at 1:13 a.m.
Hanukkah and Thanksgiving Weekend
Additional PM trains will operate on Nov. 27 (the first day of Hanukkah) and on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28. As an extra bonus, off-peak fares will be in effect for the entire four-day holiday weekend. On Black Friday, Nov. 29, traditionally one of the busiest shopping days of the year, the LIRR will run a weekday train schedule with off-peak fares in effect all day.
Babylon Switch Resurfacing
Switch resurfacing projects in Amityville and Babylon will require track outages over the weekend of Nov. 16 and Nov.17. For most of each day, service on the Babylon Branch will be reduced from half-hourly to hourly. However, for 4 hours each night, buses will replace trains between Merrick and Babylon. Eastbound customers can expect up to 16 minutes additional travel time. Westbound customers should expect up to 24 minutes of additional travel time. As a result of the switch resurfacing project in Amityville and Babylon Branch, some Patchogue and Speonk trains will be combined with Montauk trains and extra stops added.
Customers can pick up a copy of new timetables, including the special timetables for the Nov. 16 and Nov. 17 outages on the Babylon and Montauk branches, at their station or any LIRR terminal. Timetables are also posted on the MTA LIRR website. Customers can also call the LIRR Customers Service Center using 511, the New York State Travel Information Line and say: Long Island Rail Road.