Long Island Rail Road

Long Island Rail Road Information

A commuter rail system in the city of New York, the Long Island Rail Road (typically marked as LIRR) stretches from the Eastern tip of Long Island (the county of Suffolk) to the Manhattan region. Operating since as early as 1834, it is the oldest and also the busiest of all commuter rail services in continental North America. The route is served by eight different branch lines while the two major lines run to the ends of the two forks on Manhattan Island. Spread over more than a thousand kilometers in terms of track length, it is served by as many as a hundred-and-twenty-four stations. Under public ownership of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, it is the only commuter railroad service in the country that operates every day of the year with special services for holidays, weekends and off-peak hours.

Long Island Rail Road Map & Fare Zone

Map of Long Island Rail Road showing its lines and stations. Click on the map to enlarge it. Click to view Fares & Schedule.

Long Island Rail Road Timings and Schedule

It is one of the few metro systems in the world to function 24 hours, on all seven days of the week.

For more information on the schedule of the trains, you can visit the official website at: http://lirr42.mta.info/

Long Island Rail Road Fares, Tickets and Cards

The fares of the metro system differ, depending on the day as well as the time. Separate rates are charged during the peak hours which are between 06:00-10:00 am and 16:00-20:00 pm. Another set of rates are applicable during non peak hours, on holidays as well.

There are various different daily tickets also available. One-way tickets can be bought to any of the travel zones. It is valid for a maximum period of 60 days. Round-trip tickets are also available. Their validity is the same.

Special types of tickets are available for the elderly citizens and for those, who have various disabilities. Similarly, a special fare is applicable to children between the age group of 5-11. There is a special type of offer available for families travelling. A maximum of 4 children, between the age group of 5-11 can be taken along with a fare paying adult, for just $1 each.

Travellers can purchase a City ticket for just $4.25, for travel within the city. However, this ticket is only available on weekends. Monthly and weekly tickets are available too. The sale of the monthly ticket begins on the 20th of every month. Both the tickets are non-transferable in nature.

For more information on the various types of tickets, along with their fares, you can visit the official website at: http://web.mta.info/lirr/about/TicketInfo/

Long Island Road Lines

here are eleven passenger branches combining to form the Long Island Rail Road network. The Atlantic Branch, Montauk Branch and Main Line are the three trunk lines from which eight other lines branch off. For better advertising and scheduling, many of these eight branch lines are subdivided into smaller sections. All of the branch lines, with the exception of the Port Washington Branch, travel through the Jamaican region. Tracks that lie to the west of Jamaica are referred to as the City Terminal Zone which comprises portions of the Main Branch, Atlantic and Montauk Branch Lines besides the East River Tunnels running to the Penn Station and owned by Amtrak.

Numerous branch lines along the Long Island Rail Road have been dropped from the railway network owing to a paucity of riders. While some of these lines were made a part of the New York City Subway (the IND Rockway Line) many others had to face a downgrading to freight track services. The ones that remained would eventually consider themselves lucky enough to be featured in the pages of American railroad history books.

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