For the first time in more than 100 years, the MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) service is expanding. Later this year, LIRR trains will be running to Grand Central Madison, a concourse below Grand Central Terminal. Almost half of the LIRR passengers are anticipated to use the new service, helping reduce overcrowding at Penn Station.
However, a service expansion also means a new LIRR schedule. To review the changes, visit new.mta.info/agency/long-island-rail-road/lirr-to-grand-central/schedules. Some of the LIRR service changes proposed compared to pre-COVID include:
- Babylon Branch: more trains running to the Rockville Centre, Baldwin and Freeport stations;
- Lynbrook station: four more trains per day during rush hours and early morning service to Manhattan is doubled;
- Centre Avenue and East Rockaway stations: an additional early morning train to Manhattan; and
- West Hempstead Branch: three trains to Manhattan in the morning and four from Manhattan to the branch in the afternoon, respectively, up from one train and none.
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