Long Island Rail Road trains to Greenport will continue through Thanksgiving weekend instead of Columbus Day, allowing weekend warriors another six weeks to enjoy harvest season in North Fork farm country.

MTA officials announced Monday that Greenport service will also start in early May instead of Memorial Day. May to November service is a change from the Memorial Day to Columbus Day schedule the LIRR set for the Greenport line to cut costs during a budget crisis three years ago.

“Fall has become a very popular season on the North Fork,” said LIRR President Helena Williams. “We’re glad we can provide the extra service for our customers,”

The East End and the North Fork especially are destination in autumn as day trippers flock to farm stands and wineries across the region.

The added trains include a 10:35 a.m. or 3:37 p.m. eastbound train from the Ronkonkoma station to Greenport and a 1:11 p.m. and 6:11 p.m. westbound train back.

For more information on LIRR service, call 511 or visit the LIRR’s website at www.mta.info/lirr.



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