Presiden’t Day Weekend 2021

February 11, 2021


    February 15: Presidents’ Day – Weekend Schedules in Effect

    On Monday, February 15, Presidents’ Day, the LIRR will operate on a weekend/holiday schedule. Off-Peak fares will be in effect all day.

    February 13-15: Weekend/Holiday Closure of East End Gateway

    East End Gateway Entrance at 33rd St. & 7th Ave. to Close;
    Alternate Access Available at 34th St. Entrance Near 7th Ave.

    MTA is continuing to improve and transform Penn Station. On the weekend of February 13-14, and continuing through daytime hours on Monday, February 15, Presidents’ Day, scheduled work will require the temporary closure of the East End Gateway entrance at 33rd Street and 7th Avenue. Customers seeking access between the street level and the LIRR Concourse level are encouraged to use the 34th Street entrance near 7th Avenue.

    The East End Gateway and LIRR Concourse Project will include higher ceilings, wider corridors, improved lighting and air flow, accessibility enhancements, new retail options, and more — for a better Penn Station experience.

    LIRR Concourse Project – February 2021 Update

    Temporary Retail Closures; Concessions and LIRR Track Information Available Upstairs on Amtrak Level;
    Coming Soon: Hudson News Pop-ups

    MTA is continuing to improve and transform Penn Station. To facilitate the LIRR Concourse Project, all existing retail in the LIRR Concourse will close temporarily. To protect the public during construction, wood decking is being installed overhead along the 33rd Street Corridor.

    Customers can access concessions and amenities upstairs in the Amtrak Concourse. LIRR track and service information is available on the Amtrak level on new LIRR track information screens. Customers can also consult the free LIRR TrainTime App for train and track information.

    In the coming weeks, Hudson News pop-ups will be located in the LIRR Concourse where customers can purchase coffee, newspapers, and other concessions. See the map below to learn more.

    The LIRR Concourse Project will include higher ceilings, wider corridors, improved lighting and air flow, accessibility enhancements, new retail options, and more – for a better Penn Station experience.

    February 20-21: Signal Modernization Project Alters Weekend Schedules

    No Main Line train service between Hicksville and Jamaica

    Special weekend timetables will be in effect for all branches on the weekend of February 20-21 as we modernize the signal system along the Main Line Corridor as part of the LIRR Expansion Project.

    To allow this work to proceed, the LIRR will suspend Main Line train service between Hicksville and Jamaica. Key service impacts and alternatives appear below:

    New Hyde Park, Merillon Avenue, Mineola, Carle Place and Westbury StationsNO TRAIN SERVICE. As an alternative, use the Hempstead Branch, where weekend service will be increased from hourly to half-hourly, or NICE Bus service. LIRR tickets will be cross-honored on the N22/24 bus routes for service between Hicksville and Mineola, and the N40/41 bus routes for service between Mineola and Hempstead. See for schedules.

    Oyster Bay Branch: Service will operate every two hours. All trains terminate/originate at East Williston Station. Take free LIRR shuttle buses between East Williston, Mineola and Hempstead, where half-hourly train service will be available, or use the Port Washington Branch.

    Hempstead Branch:  Service on the Hempstead Branch will be increased from hourly to half-hourly to provide alternative service for affected customers. Trains will alternate between Penn Station and Atlantic Terminal (every other train will operate directly to Penn Station).

    Huntington/Port Jefferson/Ronkonkoma Branches: Revised train routes will require westbound customers from Huntington, Port Jefferson and Ronkonkoma to transfer to a shuttle train at Hicksville stopping at Bethpage and Babylon, then connect with a train from Babylon to Penn Station. Eastbound customers traveling to Huntington, Port Jefferson and Ronkonkoma will reverse the process and take a train from Penn Station to Babylon, transfer to a shuttle train stopping at Bethpage and Hicksville, then transfer again to an eastbound train from Hicksville to points east. Please allow up to 60 minutes of additional travel time. As alternatives, consider traveling via the Babylon, Montauk or Hempstead Branches.

    Bethpage Station: All train service will be provided by the diesel-powered shuttle trains with bi-level cars that will operate between Hicksville and Babylon. Electric trains will not stop at Bethpage Station. In addition, platform boarding patterns will change. Westbound customers should wait on the eastbound platform (Track 2, Platform B), and board a shuttle train to Babylon. Eastbound customers should wait on the westbound platform (Track 1, Platform A), and board a shuttle train to Hicksville. Please plan ahead and allow additional time to safely cross the Stewart Avenue grade crossing when getting to/from the opposite station platform.

    February 16-17: Buses Substitute for Late-Night/Overnight Trains Between Huntington and Port Jefferson

    From the evening through early-morning hours on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 16-17, and again on Wednesday and Thursday, February 17-18, buses will substitute for trains between Huntington and Port Jefferson as a track-testing program to ensure rail safety is performed.

    Westbound customers: Buses will depart up to 30 minutes earlier than normal train times.

    Eastbound customers: Please plan for up to 40 minutes of additional travel time.

    Please see the schedule for affected service.


    February 8-12: Buses Substitute for Trains Between Babylon and Patchogue/Speonk

    From Monday-Friday, February 8-12, buses will substitute for some morning and midday trains between Babylon and Patchogue/Speonk as a track-testing program to ensure rail safety is performed. In addition, there will be slight schedule adjustments to trains operating between Babylon and Montauk during this time, and one eastbound Babylon Branch train will operate on an adjusted schedule as follows:

    • The 7:47 AM train from Penn Station to Babylon will depart earlier than usual at the following stations – 1 minute earlier at Woodside (7:59 AM); 2 minutes earlier at Jamaica (8:09 AM) and Freeport (8:28 AM); 4 minutes earlier at Seaford (8:35 AM) and Amityville (8:40 AM) – and is scheduled to arrive at Babylon Station at 8:46 AM.

    Metro North

    Waterbury Branch Revised Weekday Schedule Increases Train Service
    Effective Monday, Feb. 1, 2021

    Effective Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, changes to the Waterbury Branch train schedule will restore one additional train to both inbound and outbound service. The change is due to the completion of the Devon Bridge improvement project. Train times will be adjusted to ensure more consistent, on-time service. In addition, the two buses departing Bridgeport at 4:48 pm and 6:46 pm providing additional service will continue to operate. There are no changes to the weekend/ holiday schedule.

    New Inbound Schedule, Waterbury to Bridgeport:

    6:04 am        6:55 am         9:03 am         11:05 am         1:03 pm         4:03 pm         7:03 pm         10:03 pm

    New Outbound Schedule, Bridgeport to Waterbury:

    7:35 am         9:50 am         11:48 am         2:48 pm         4:48 pm(bus)         5:48 pm         6:46pm(bus)         8:10pm         11:48 pm