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LIRR Adds Mets-Willets Point Stop to Accommodate Vaccinations at Citi Field

Long Island Rail Road
Updated February 9, 2021 2:38 p.m.

NYC Subway  Trains and Q48 Buses Continue to Serve Citi Field

 

Beginning Wednesday, Feb. 10 the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) will make an additional stop on all Port Washington Branch trains to help transport people to and from New York City’s COVID-19 vaccination site at Citi Field. The additional stop at Mets-Willets Point will be made indefinitely around the clock for as long as the vaccination site remains open.

Direct service will be available from Penn Station, Woodside and all stations on the Port Washington Branch. The ride from Penn is just 19 minutes. Customers from other LIRR branches must transfer at Woodside for Port Washington Branch trains to and from Mets-Willets Point. Port Washington Branch trains operate approximately every 30 minutes during the day, and less frequently at night.

“We are proud to provide LIRR service as an additional means of travel getting everyone vaccinated as quickly as possible in our fight against this pandemic,” said LIRR President Phil Eng. “With the light at the end of the tunnel shining brighter we ask everyone to stay vigilant and practice all the necessary safety measures keeping yourself and others safe.”

The Citi Field vaccination site is focused on Queens residents with special appointments being offered for TLC licensed drivers and food service workers from all over the five boroughs. For more information about NYC vaccine appointment opportunities, visit https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/ or call 877-VAX-4NYC.

On the subway, Citi Field is served by the  train with connections available to  trains at the ADA accessible 74 St-Broadway / Roosevelt Av stop in Jackson Heights and connections available to  trains at Queensboro Plaza.

The Q48 bus also goes directly to Citi Field. Bus lines that connect with the 7 train include the Q18, Q23, Q29, Q32, Q45, Q47, Q53, Q58, Q60, Q67, Q72, Q104, B24 and B61. All MTA buses are ADA accessible.

LIRR customers should note that on Saturday, Feb. 13, Port Washington Branch service will be reduced from half-hourly to hourly while track work is being performed. Regular weekend service is scheduled to be in effect on Sunday, Feb. 14. Customers may refer to this timetable for that day.

Many Channels for Services Updates

Information about the service changes noted in this press release and all planned service changes is available through the LIRR’s real-time service information sources:

LIRR TrainTime app – Customers can download the app on their smartphones to see real-time travel information such as arrivals and capacity tracking. Customer service representatives are available for live chat to answer questions from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

MYmta app & MTA.info – Customers who use the new, comprehensive MYmta app will see real-time travel information for the LIRR and connecting services all in one place, with push notifications when service is not operating normally. As a caution, trains that start out their trips on time may experience delays en route. The rail tab of the “Service Status” box at new.MTA.info is always the definitive source for the latest status for each branch, updated every minute.

Email and text message service updates – Customers are urged to sign up to receive the alerts by visiting MyMTAAlerts.com. To avoid unwanted messages, a user can tailor the messages to the specific branch, and the specific times of day.

@LIRR on Twitter – Twitter users can follow @LIRR to receive updates of a similar nature to the email and text alerts, shortened to fit Twitter’s format.

The above communications channels can be accessed while at home or on the go. For customers who are located at stations, the LIRR will post the latest service updates on digital signs at station platforms and will make audio announcements over public address systems, and on-board announcements made by train crews.

For those who prefer the telephone, information is available from the LIRR’s Customer Service Center by calling 511, the New York State Travel Information Line, and saying: “Long Island Rail Road” Those who are deaf or hard of hearing can use their preferred service provider for the free 711 relay to reach the LIRR at 511.