Reopening News: LIRR, Metro North service changes during reopening

LONG ISLAND (WABC) -- As reopening across New York continues and enters different phases, LIRR and Metro-North are making adjustments to service.

Face coverings are required for all customers and employees.

Metro-North Railroad

Effective June 22, Metro-North offers 12 additional trains, bringing the railroad's East-of-Hudson service levels to 63% of normal levels. The railroad is adding two morning trains each on the Harlem, Hudson and New Haven Lines, and two in the afternoon/evening on each line. The railroad has moved up the departure time of three early morning Hudson Line trains to accommodate those employed in the construction trades who tend to travel on the earliest trains.

Metro-North is closely monitoring ridership on a train-by-train basis to be ready to make additional adjustments. As the Mid-Hudson Valley entered Phase 1 reopening on May 26, Metro-North Railroad began increasing service, adding 19 trains at that time. On June 15, Metro-North added 80 trains.

Off-peak fares will continue to apply at all times.

Metro-North station ambassadors will continue to be at major stations distributing masks and monitoring conditions. Metro-North is continuing to install hand sanitizer dispensers at all New York and many Connecticut stations. Masks are stored on all trains in the event that a person boards without wearing one.

For updates, please visit mta.info/coronavirus/metro-north-service.

Long Island Rail Road

The LIRR introduced new timetables on June 8 that increase service to 90% of normal weekday service. Service details can be found on the MYmta and LIRR TrainTime apps, and via MTA.info. Off-peak fares continue to remain in effect at all times.

The Long Island Rail Road continues to hand out masks to customers and has made hand sanitizer stations available throughout the system.

To help foster social distancing as the LIRR welcomes customers back, it has made car-by-car seating availability information available in real-time on the recently updated LIRR TrainTime app.

Questions: Contact the LIRR Customer Service Center at 511 or 718-217-5477.

More information is available at mta.info/coronavirus/lirr-service.


Unprecedented Cleaning Underway

Metro-North and the Long Island Rail Road, like New York City Transit, have undertaken the most rigorous cleaning program in MTA history, with crews working in train yards 24 hours a day to ensure that every one of 1,400 cars in service is disinfected at least once a day. Special care is being paid to poles, seating, floor, ceiling, doors and walls. Similarly, stations are being disinfected at least twice daily, with a concentration on touch points.

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