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Cuomo calls excessive MTA overtime 'theft and fraud'

Gov. Andrew Cuomo had harsh words on Sunday for MTA employees accused of padding their paychecks with excessive overtime, calling it "stealing" and "fraud." The New York Post reported last month that some employees of the Long Island Rail Road claimed they worked thousands of hours in overtime...

Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 5:26pm

Cuomo breaks ground on LIRR Third Track

After about seven decades of wishful thinking, the LIRR Third Track became a reality as Gov. Andrew Cuomo officially broke ground on the $2.6 billon expansion Wednesday on Long Island. The Third Track initiative consists of 50 projects that will modernize 9.8 miles along the railroad's Main...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 10:37am

Two people hit, killed by LIRR trains: MTA

Two people were struck and killed by Long Island Rail Road trains Monday morning, officials said, disrupting LIRR service system-wide. The first incident occurred when a person on the tracks was struck by a train near Hicksville Station around 4 a.m. Monday, according to the MTA, leading to a...

Monday, August 6, 2018 - 10:25am

LIRR evaluating service expansion to Belmont Park for Islanders

While fans cannot wait for the New York Islanders to make their long-awaited return to Long Island in 2021, how to expand LIRR service to the team’s forthcoming Belmont Park home is still in question. Answers, however, are expected to come by the end of September, Newsday reported. As the...

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 10:43am

East Side Access work to affect LIRR service through September

As East Side Access work continues in New York City, LIRR customers are going to see some service changes — and a few service restorations — go into effect this weekend, the MTA announced. The changes, slated to begin Saturday, are expected to last through Sept. 3 as crews relocate...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 12:58pm

What to expect from the MTA this Memorial Day weekend

For many New Yorkers, Memorial Day weekend will start Friday with shortened work days or, if you’re lucky enough, no work at all. Like most holiday weekends, the MTA will offer extra getaway trains on Friday to help you get an early start to the long weekend. LIRR The Long Island Rail Road...

Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 11:26am

The best times to leave NYC for Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer, but nothing can derail the weekend’s celebratory mood quite like getting stuck in traffic or a mass delay on mass transit as many New Yorkers flee the city in droves. But thanks to Clever Commute, a mobile app that combines crowdsourced user...

Monday, May 21, 2018 - 3:12pm

MTA launches LIRR Forward initiative to improve service

Transit officials are taking multiple steps to make the Long Island Rail Road more efficient as part of a new initiative called LIRR Forward. LIRR President Phil Eng announced LIRR Forward on Monday, describing the effort as a “package of specialized actions” meant to make the rails...

Monday, May 21, 2018 - 12:49pm

LIRR schedules change as track work nears completion

As the LIRR enters its final phases of track work this spring, passengers can expect some service changes to go into effect on Monday and continue through May 18 on its Ronkonkoma and Montauk branches. As part of the LIRR’s Double Track Project that is slated to be finished by the end of the...

Friday, April 27, 2018 - 12:03pm

Amtrak announces summer 2018 repair work at Penn Station

Amtrak will continue its infrastructure renewal work at New York Penn Station for the second consecutive summer, the agency announced Tuesday. This round of work, estimated to cost between $45 million and $50 million, will make critical repairs and reconstruction on three major New York City...

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 3:02pm

LIRR to run extra eastbound trains for Good Friday, Passover

In observance of Good Friday and the start of Passover, the LIRR will run eight additional eastbound trains from Penn Station on Friday, the MTA announced. The trains will depart Penn Station between 2 p.m. and 3:48 p.m. on the Babylon, Far Rockaway and Port Jefferson branches. See below for...

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 2:28pm

LIRR unveils action plan to improve reliability, communications

A slew of changes aimed at improving service reliability, seasonal preparedness and customer communications are on the horizon for the LIRR, the MTA announced Monday. Nearly 60 actions were outlined in the MTA’s Long Island Rail Road Performance Improvement Plan, aka PIP, across those three...

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 12:37pm

LIRR delayed in both directions due to fire near tracks in Queens

A four-alarm fire near Long Island Rail Road tracks in Hicksville, Queens, will make for a chaotic commute home for many straphangers Friday evening. At 4:50 p.m., the MTA said that service on the Hempstead and Oyster Bay Branches will resume with potential delays and cancellations, and trains...

Friday, March 16, 2018 - 5:07pm

Here’s what you need to know about MTA service on St. Patrick’s Day

While the St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take over Fifth Avenue in New York City on Saturday, it will also affect the traffic patterns of many surrounding streets — and the MTA's subway, bus and rail service. Here’s what you can expect from the MTA this St. Patrick’s Day...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 4:25pm

The real cost of LIRR East Side Access

No one at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Long Island Rail Road or any elected official including Gov. Cuomo ever wants to talk about the real full cost for LIRR East Side Access to Grand Central Terminal which may be closer to $15 billion rather than $10.8 billion. The original Full...

Monday, February 12, 2018 - 5:06am

Amtrak's winter work at Penn Station starts this week

The winter round of repair work at Penn Station is slated to begin as scheduled on Friday, which means that changes are coming Monday for Amtrak, Long Island Rail Road and New Jersey Transit passengers, though most of the work will be done on weekends. Amtrak owns and maintains the tracks at Penn...

Thursday, January 4, 2018 - 1:24pm

Rail damage causes commuting chaos on LIRR to, from Penn Station

Updated, 11:11 a.m.: Service on the Long Island Rail Road has resumed after a damaged third rail caused mass delays across the system, the agency announced just before 11 a.m. While residual delays are expected, the LIRR tweeted that its service is "on or close to schedule" in and out of...

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 - 11:21am

Buses to sub for LIRR trains between Ronkonkoma and Greenport Dec. 12

Buses will substitute for Long Island Rail Road trains between Ronkonkoma and Greenport on Tuesday, Dec. 12, the MTA announced Monday. The one-day change is due to switch replacement work at Mill Road in Peconic that will take the main track between the two stations out of service after the 5:30 a...

Monday, December 4, 2017 - 4:21pm

LIRR service suspended between Jamaica Station, Atlantic Terminal this weekend

There will be no Long Island Rail Road service between Jamaica Station and Atlantic Terminal for two consecutive weekends starting Friday night as the MTA is installing switches near Atlantic Terminal as part of the Atlantic Yards Project. Trains will be suspended around 10 p.m. on Friday, after...

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 11:32am

Amtrak winter work at Penn Station is coming

Commuters survived the “summer of hell” Amtrak repairs at New York’s Penn Station, but are they headed for a winter of discontent as the agency announced Phase II of its infrastructure renewal work at the nation’s busiest rail hub? “After a successful summer, it is...

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 10:37am