LIRR Provides Extra Service to All-Star Game & Events
The Long Island Rail Road will provide extra train service direct to Citi Field during Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game and related festivities on Sunday, July 14, Monday, July 15, and Tuesday, July 16, and New York City Transit will run a special nostalgia train with many types of vintage subway cars on Sunday, July 14.
“This year, New York’s very own Citi Field will play host to the greatest ballplayers in the world at the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Game and we want to make sure fans who use the MTA have as smooth a ride as possible to and from the game,” Governor Cuomo said. “The MTA Long Island Rail Road will be ready with added train service for tens of thousands of fans heading to the ballpark to see the All-Stars play. I hope baseball fans will take advantage of this increased service by leaving their cars at home and taking the Long Island Rail Road to see the All-Star Game.”
LIRR Port Washington Branch trains will provide service every half-hour– and more frequently when necessary -- to Mets-Willets Point Station to get fans to and from the events leading up to and including the 84th MLB All-Star Game. Fans traveling from Long Island on other LIRR branches can reach Citi Field by changing at Woodside, just a five-minute ride from the stadium, where the best players from the National League and American League will square off Tuesday night.
The extra LIRR service is in addition to MTA New York City Transit’s fast and frequent service to Citi Field on the train, which will be supplemented with extra trains when necessary. The other events at Citi Field are the All-Star Futures Game and the All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game on Sunday and All-Star Workout Day and Home Run Derby on Monday.
MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast said, “The MTA’s mass transit network is the best way to get to the full schedule of All-Star Game events, beginning with the opening of the five-day All-Star Game FanFest at the Jacob Javits Convention Center on Friday, July 12. There’s no reason to sit in traffic when baseball fans can ride the MTA for an easy, comfortable ride to all the All-Star action.”
The LIRR and MTA New York City Transit subway and buses are also ready to serve those traveling to other MLB All-Star Game activities. NYC Transit’s train operates to Mets-Willets Point Station right next to Citi Field and will provide special super-express 7 trains after the last out of the Home Run Derby and All Star Game, with trains stopping at 61st St.-Woodside, Queensboro Plaza, Court Square, 42nd St. Grand Central, 5th Avenue-Bryant Park and Times Square-42nd St.
LIRR President Helena Williams said, “The All-Star game will bring national attention to New York next week and the LIRR will be ready to provide extra service to get fans to Citi Field for the Home Run Derby on Monday and the All-Star game on Tuesday as well and to all the events leading up to the big game. Whether you are planning to attend the Fan Fest at the Javits Convention Center, the All-Star Charity Concert in Central Park on Saturday or the All-Star Red Carpet parade on Tuesday in the city, the LIRR is the fastest and most hassle-free way to go.”
New York City Transit's 'Train of Many Colors'
MTA New York City Transit boasts one of the most impressive stainless-steel subway car fleets in the world, but it was not so long ago that subway cars used to sport painted bodies. Red, grey, green, even the “cream and robin’s egg blue” of the World’s Fair Flushing Line fleet. Riders, for one day, will be transported through the eras as they hop aboard the “Train of Many Colors” (an 11-car train of vintage IRT rolling stock) on Sunday, July 14 “All Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game at 2:00 p.m. and the Future All Stars game at 5:00 p.m.
A fun way get travel to a couple of fun events, the train will originate out of Times Square at 1 p.m. operating in service (express if available) towards Main Street to serve customers headed to the afternoon’s events at CitiField. The train will make three trips to Main Street throughout the afternoon giving riders a chance to take a trip back into the past MTA’s colorful past.
MLB All-Star Week Events & Start Times
Friday, July 12, Saturday, July 13, Sunday, July 14, Monday, July 15, Tuesday, July 16
LIRR 2013 All-Star Game Timetable
Pick up a copy of the LIRR’s special timetable “2013 All-Star Game & Events Train Service” at terminals and local stations. An electronic version is also available here (pdf).
Buy Your LIRR Tickets before Boarding the Train
LIRR customers are encouraged to purchase round-trip tickets before boarding trains, as tickets bought onboard cost $6 more. Peak Fares are in effect on eastbound trains scheduled to depart from Penn Station between the hours of 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. on weekdays. Monthly and Weekly tickets to/from Fare Zone 1 are accepted for travel to/from Mets-Willets Point Station.
Try LIRR City Ticket on Saturday and Sunday
On weekends, fans boarding at Penn Station, Woodside, Flushing-Main Street, Murray Hill, Broadway, Auburndale, Bayside, Douglaston or Little Neck can save money by purchasing CityTicket, which is just $4 one way. CityTicket cannot be purchased onboard trains, and is valid only on the day purchased.
For More Information
LIRR customers can get more information by visiting the LIRR's web site at www.mta.info/lirr or contacting the LIRR's Customer Service Center by calling 511, the New York State Travel Information Line and saying “Long Island Rail Road.” If you are deaf or hard of hearing, use your preferred relay service provider on the free 711 relay to reach the LIRR at 511.