The Long Island Rail Road is adding trains to the schedule through the Thanksgiving holiday weekend to accommodate those leaving work early Wednesday, parade attendees Thursday and shoppers Saturday and Sunday.

Nine extra eastbound trains will leave Penn Station between 2:08 p.m. and 4:06 p.m. to handle to early rush hour on Thanksgiving Eve on the Babylon, Port Jefferson, Port Washington Far Rockaway and Montauk lines.

Alcohol will also be banned on LIRR trains, stations or platforms 8 p.m. Wednesday through 5 a.m. Thursday. But train station waiting rooms will remain open overnight through Friday to accommodate riders waiting for trains during the storm.

Seventeen trains will be added on Thanksgiving—six westbound from 6:01 a.m. to 7:10 a.m. and 11 eastbound trains from 11:35 a.m. to 1:32 p.m., some with added cars—for those attending the Thanksgiving Day Parade or visiting families.

Trains will run on a holiday schedule Thursday and off-peak fares will be in effect Thursday through Sunday. A regular weekday schedule will be in effect on Black Friday.

Thanksgiving weekend additionally marks the start of extra weekend trains to and from Manhattan—four westbound and six eastbound—to meet the extra holiday season ridership every Saturday and Sunday through Jan. 5.


For more information, call the LIRR at 511 or visit its website at


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