Getting to the North Fork to check out the fall foliage and harvest festivities just got easier, as the Long Island Rail Road has extended its weekend service to Greenport through Thanksgiving weekend.
The service investment, which was proposed at an August 2013 public hearing, extends weekend service on the Ronkonkoma Branch to and from Greenport for approximately 10 weeks. Prior to the proposal, weekend Greenport service ran from Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day weekend; it now runs from early May and into November of each year.
“Throughout my career I have fought for Suffolk’s East End residents to insure access to services,” said Senator Kenneth LaValle, of Port Jefferson. “The restoration of service re-establishes access for residents as well as visitors to Suffolk County’s scenic East End.”
Those who want to visit the North Fork’s wineries and farm stands can take a 10:35 a.m. or 3:37 p.m. train from the Ronkonkoma station to Greenport and a 1:11 p.m. and 6:11 p.m. to return
“The LIRR understands the importance of access to the East End for its customers,” said LIRR President Helena E. Williams. “Fall has become a very popular season on the North Fork. We’re glad we can provide the extra service for our customers,”