LIRR strike contingency plans
Posted 20 December 2005 - 05:19 AM
OTOL Board Leader
Posted 21 December 2005 - 08:33 PM
Effective with the morning rush hour on Wednesday, December 21, MTA Long Island Rail Road's strike contingency plan is fully operational.
Customers are advised to expect lines, long waits, and delays. MTA staff and police will regulate the flow of customers onto trains, but expect crowding (see Penn Station queuing plan below). Customers are urged to buy their tickets in advance.
The strike contingency plan provides for special rush hour service for Queens customers. To maximize capacity, regularly scheduled trains serve Queens riders from special hub stations from 6 AM to 9 AM and 4 PM to 7 PM, bypassing regular station stops. Following is a description of the special Queens service:
Eastern Queens/Western Nassau (6 AM-9 AM, 4 PM-7 PM)
· Trains will not stop at Bellerose and Hollis
· Queens Village Hub service with 8 Additional trains stop between 6 AM and 9 AM and 9 additional trains stop between 4 PM and 8 PM. Service every 15 to 20 minutes.
Southeast Queens/Western Nassau (6 AM-9 AM, 4 PM-7 PM)
· Trains will not stop at Rosedale, Locust Manor and St. Albans
· Valley Stream/Laurelton Hubs: All Far Rockaway and Long Beach trains stop at Valley Stream and Laurelton. Service every 15 to 20 minutes.
Northern Queens/Western Nassau (6 AM-9 AM, 4 PM-7 PM)
· Trains will not stop at Little Neck, Douglaston, Auburndale, Broadway, Murray Hill, Flushing/Main St., Shea Stadium
· Great Neck/Bayside Hub service: Trains make all stops Port Washington to Great Neck then Bayside and Penn Station. Service every 15 to 20 minutes.
· Trains will stop at Shea Stadium during off-peak hours and on the weekend.
Central Queens (6 AM- 9 AM, 4 PM-7PM)
· Regularly scheduled trains will not stop at Jamaica, Kew Gardens, Forest Hills, Woodside
· Shuttle trains stop at Jamaica, Kew Gardens, Forest Hills, Woodside and Penn Station. Service every 15 minutes.
Long Island City (6 AM-9 AM, 4 PM-7 PM)
· Service to Long Island City for limited connecting ferry service about every 20 minutes. Hunterspoint Avenue Station is closed.
From 9 AM to 4 PM and 7 PM to 10 PM and overnight (through 6 AM), shuttle and regular trains will provide service to all Queens stations. By staggering work hours after 9 AM, Queens riders can take advantage of these regular and additional shuttle trains serving all Queens stations. For a complete description of the shuttle service go to www.mta.info and select the Strike Contingency Plan box.
If possible, customers should stagger their work hours to avoid travel at peak times. Avoid trains arriving at Penn Station, Jamaica or Flatbush Avenue 6 AM to 9 AM or departing 4 PM to 7 PM.
To ease crowding, there is street-level queuing at Penn Station, Flatbush Ave, Jamaica, and many Queens stations.
Purchase tickets at 34th St and 7th Av, then get on line for trains at the following entrances:
Woodside, Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Jamaica (Central Queens) -7th Av at 32nd St.
Eastern Queens and Hicksville, Huntington, Port Jefferson, Oyster Bay, Hempstead, West Hempstead Branches - 8th Av-33rd St subway entrance.
Northern Queens and Ronkonkoma, Port Washington Branches - 8th Av-33rd St Amtrak entrance.
Southeast Queens and Babylon, Montauk, Long Beach, Far Rockaway Branches - taxi area under Madison Square Garden, 33rd St between 7 Av and 8 Av.
Customers should pick up a copy of the New York City Transit Strike Contingency Plan at stations and terminals. The Plan is also available on the MTA website at www.mta.info. Customers can obtain train information 24-hours a day from the LIRR's Travel Information Center in Suffolk County at 631-231-LIRR, in Nassau County at 516-822-LIRR or in New York City at 718-217-LIRR. The LIRR Travel Information Center's TDD telephone number for the hearing impaired is 718-558-3022.
New York, NY/Philadelphia, PA
Posted 23 December 2005 - 12:45 AM
MTA Long Island Rail Road's contingency plan for the NYC Transit disruption will remain in effect through the morning rush hour until 11 AM Friday, December 23. Since the Shea Stadium park-and-ride will not be open on Friday, the LIRR will not make stops at Shea Stadium starting Friday.
Regular LIRR service will resume at 11 AM Friday, December 23.
The extra early afternoon holiday trains, scheduled to depart from Penn Station on Friday, December 23 between 12 and 4 PM, will not operate.
New York, NY/Philadelphia, PA
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