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Introducing special Grand Central Direct shuttle service

Explore Grand Central Madison and its new route with special additional LIRR trains to the new terminal.
Updated January 24, 2023 9:41 a.m.

All aboard to Grand Central Madison! Long Island Rail Road's new east side terminal is now open with special Grand Central Direct shuttle service. 

Trains will run seven days a week between Jamaica and Grand Central Madison, giving you a chance to explore the new terminal and its route. This service is in addition to the current Long Island Rail Road schedule. See the full schedule for Grand Central Direct shuttle service.

Here's how Grand Central Direct shuttle service will work: 

Weekdays: During the AM and PM rush, trains will run hourly in the peak direction (westbound in the morning, eastbound in the evening). These peak trains will stop at Woodside to provide service for Port Washington customers. At midday, trains will run every half hour, with one train running express between Jamaica and Grand Central, and one train making all local stops at Kew Gardens, Forest Hills, and Woodside. The first train will depart Jamaica at 6:17 a.m., and the final train will depart Grand Central at 8:04 p.m.

Weekends: Between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m., trains will run every half hour, with one train running express between Jamaica and Grand Central, and one train making all local stops at Kew Gardens, Forest Hills, and Woodside.

You can find more details on Grand Central Direct trains in the TrainTime app

A one-way ticket will cost the same as a one-way ticket between Jamaica and Penn Station. During off-peak hours, you can use a $5 CityTicket on Grand Central Direct trains. 

The current LIRR schedule remains in effect, and there are no changes to existing trains to Penn Station and other destinations. 

However, when full LIRR service to Grand Central goes into effect, your trip will most likely change. You can use our future trip planner and check out schedules for all LIRR branches to see what your trip might look like. Final schedules will be announced soon.

Contact us

LIRR customer ambassadors will be out at Grand Central Madison to help you navigate the new terminal.

If you have other questions, you can reach us on Twitter or Facebook. You can also get customer support through the TrainTime app.