The new Long Island Railroad schedule in effect Monday, March 4 brings good tidings—the restoration of trains on the Long Beach, Montauk and Port Jefferson branches. These trains had been discontinued due to budget reductions in 2010.
On the Montauk Branch, the change most significantly affecting the East End is the addition of the daily 4:30 p.m. train from Hunterspoint Avenue in Long Island City to Montauk. Also on the Montauk Branch, three late-night trains (two eastbound and one westbound) are being restored between Babylon and Patchogue/Speonk. Restoring these trains closes a two-hour gap in Patchogue/Speonk service.
Long Island Railroad fare hikes began March 1. Peak one-way trips from Zone 14 (Westhampton and points east on the South Fork; Riverhead and points east on the North Fork) now cost $27. One-way off-peak trips are $17.