Written by Katie Piacentini Friday, 01 October 2010 00:00
As new LIRR timetables went into effect in September, the MTA announced service cuts to the Port Washington branch. The MTA said that the schedule changes execute the second phase of budget-related cuts in LIRR service that were approved by the MTA Board in March. These service reductions, along with those implemented last May 17, were required as part of the effort to close the MTA’s $900-million budget gap, the MTA said. The service reductions will save approximately $950,000 this year and $3.8-million annually starting in 2011, the MTA states. However, the MTA also stated that the LIRR will be monitoring the schedule changes and will make adjustments, as necessary, based on additional ridership and possible crowding on trains.
For the Port Washington branch , midday weekday service and all weekend service is reduced from every half-hour to every hour. On weekdays, there are 14 trains removed from the schedule with stops added to the remaining trains where needed, to provide service to all stations every hour. In general, off-peak trains on this new schedule will be running eight minutes past the hour, every hour (10:08 a.m., 11:08 a.m., 12:08 p.m., and so on). On weekends, 32 trains will be removed from the schedule. The LIRR also announced that the 4:43 p.m. peak hour train from Penn Station to Port Washington will be restored, so that the departures from Penn Station in the 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. hour will be as follows: 4:22 p.m. to Port Washington; 4:43 p.m. to Port Washington; and 5:11 p.m. to Port Washington.
The LIRR said that customers should pick up a copy of the Sept. 13-Nov. 14, 2010 timetable at stations and terminals and are strongly encouraged to take the time to closely review the new schedules. Schedule information is also available from the LIRR’s Travel Information Center in Nassau County at 516-822-LIRR or in New York City at 718-217-LIRR. The Travel Information Center’s TDD telephone number for the hearing impaired is 718-558-3022.