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Long Island Railroad

The Long Island Railroad is the oldest and busiest
commuter train in the United States.

It is also the busiest train in North America. The Long Island Railroad connects Nassau and Suffolk to Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan. Our commuter train transports about 301,000 people each weekday. There are 735 daily trains and over 700 miles of track. Our trains weren't always so expansive and high-tech. The Long Island Railroad history goes all the way back to 1834.

The train runs 11 different branches connecting communites from Montauk on eastern Long Island to Penn Station in Manhattan, a distance of 120 miles.

The busiest terminals are Penn Station in Manhattan (34th St. between 7th & 8th Ave.) and Jamaica Station in Queens (Sutphin Blvd. and Archer Ave.). At these stations, the different train lines connect and many commuters can transfer to a different line or switch to a subway. There is an Air Train that provides commuters arriving in Jamaica transportation to the JFK International Airport.

The Long Island Railroad celebrated it's
175th anniversary in 2009.

The LIRR makes it really easy for people to travel long distances without dealing with traffic. The trains run from very early in the morning into very late at night and there are 124 stations to make traveling conventient.

The NY MTA runs the Long Island Railroad. Train schedules are updated on a regular basis, therefore it's important to have a current schedule when planning a trip.

The LIRR is a busy train and thousands of commuters rely on it to get to work every day. The LIRR runs a "Be Smart Safety Campaign" to deal with the crowds, especially during rush hour:

  • Let all passengers off before trying to get on the train
  • Hold children's hands so they don't get confused or lost in the shuffle
  • Watch out for the gap between the platform and the train
  • Don't wait until the last minute to decide you have to exit the train
  • Wait behind the gate when a train arrives into the station

Most commuters on Long Island happen to be courteous and the trains are comfortable and air conditioned. The LIRR encourages people to keep cell phone talk to a minimum and quiet. Commuters are looking to relax and have a pleasant ride, especially in the very early morning hours.

There is an unwritten etiquette, commuters are accomodating and will move to allow others a seat. However, during holidays and weekends the trains are a little louder due to Long Islanders traveling to their NYC destinations.

The 11 lines for the LIRR:

  • Babylon
  • City Terminal Zone
  • Far Rockaway
  • Hempstead
  • Long Beach
  • Montauk
  • Oyster Bay
  • Port Jefferson
  • Port Washington
  • Ronkonkoma
  • West Hempstead

Plans for the Future:

The LIRR is planning a project to have the LIRR trains travel directly to Grand Central Terminal, on the the east side of Manhattan. Currently, there is no direct line.

Travel information for the NY MTA - LIRR:
(718) 217-5477

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