LIRR Adds More Trains for Thanksgiving Weekend

Parade-goers will have 24 additional trains with more cars to travel into city.

Those riding the rails this Thanksgiving weekend will have the benefit of additional trains with more cars, whatever their holiday travel plans will be. The Long Island Rail Road announced that it will be running an additional nine trains for the commute home Wednesday, with 24 more trains operating on Thanksgiving for those who wish to trek in to see the annual parade.

The trains and their respective branches and departure times from Penn Station are as follows:

Wednesday, Nov. 23:

Babylon Branch

  • 2:24 p.m. express to Lynbrook, then all stops to Babylon
  • 3:00 p.m. stopping at Jamaica, , then all stops to Babylon
  • 3:31 p.m. express to Rockville Centre, then all stops to Babylon

Port Jefferson Branch to Hicksville/ Huntington

  • 2:08 p.m. stopping at Jamaica, , then all stops to Huntington
  • 2:29 p.m. stopping at Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Jamaica, New Hyde Park, then all stops to Huntington
  • 3:24 p.m. stopping at Jamaica, Mineola, Westbury and Hicksville

Port Washington Branch to Great Neck

  • 3:18 p.m. stopping at Woodside, Flushing-Main St., then all stops to Port Washington
  • 3:40 p.m. stopping at Woodside, Flushing-Main St., then all stops to Great Neck

Far Rockaway Branch

  • 3:48 p.m. express to Locust Manor, then all stops to Far Rockaway

Thursday, Nov. 24:


Babylon Branch from Wantagh

  • 6:11 a.m. and 7:25 a.m. trains from Wantagh, making all stops to Lynbrook, Jamaica and Penn Station

Ronkonkoma Branch

  • 6:10 a.m. and 7:10 a.m. trains from Ronkonkoma, making all stops to Hicksville, Mineola, Jamaica and Penn Station

Port Jefferson Branch

  • 6:39 a.m. from Port Jefferson making all stops to Huntington, Jamaica and Penn Station


Between 11:33 a.m. and 2:03 p.m., 13 extra trains will depart from Penn Station to accommodate customers returning from the parade.

  • Three of the extra trains will operate on the Babylon Branch
  • Four will operate on the Ronkonkoma Branch
  • Three will operate on the Port Washington Branch
  • Two will operate on the Port Jefferson Branch
  • Onewill operate on the Montauk Branch to Speonk
  • Branch timetables dated November 7-December 11 contain regular eastbound departures from Penn Station, as well as the times of the extra trains.

Friday, November 25:

Although LIRR trains will operate on a normal weekday schedule on Friday, November 25, off-peak fares will be in effect all day, making it more economical to travel to the city for holiday shopping and events.


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