New York State Assemblyman Fred Thiele has announced that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority included a 10-week extension of weekend Long Island Rail Road service to Montauk in the proposed 2015–2018 MTA Financial Plan and the July Financial Plan.
According to the plan, the current weekend service to Montauk would be extended for 10 additional weeks, beginning in October 2014. Though it was not specified how the 10-week extension would be distributed between the spring and fall months, the expanded service would support the increasing popularity of the East End during the shoulder seasons.
Thiele noted, “With the East End’s growing reliance on the tourism industry, our economy is dependent on getting people out here. By providing more weekend service to Montauk, we would be putting more resources into the hands of our local year-round business owners and their families.”
A call to Thiele confirmed that the Cannonball would also be included in the extension.