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Access to LIRR from Grand Central Madison begins Wednesday

New York City commuters will no longer have to go to Penn Station to reach the Long Island Rail Road from Manhattan.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced Monday that service from the Long Island Rail Road to Grand Central Madison will begin on Wednesday, January 25.

The first train will depart Jamaica, Queens at 10:45 AM and will run as an express to Grand Central Madison, where it will arrive at 11:07 AM.

For at least three weeks, the LIRR will operate limited shuttle service between Jamaica and Grand Central Madison to allow customers to become familiar with the new terminal as existing programs continue.

LIRR will then resume full service from Long Island to Grand Central, based on a schedule to be posted here and on the TrainTime app.

The first regularly scheduled Grand Central Direct train will run between Jamaica and Grand Central Madison. Passengers can board the train between 6:15 AM to 8:00 PM on weekdays and 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM on weekends.

Trains will run every 30 minutes in both directions during weekday and weekend afternoons and once an hour during peak periods (arriving at Grand Central between 6:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Will run between 7:30 pm)

During this rollout period, the LIRR will have customer ambassadors in the lobby of Grand Central Madison to greet customers and provide information about the new location.

LIRR customers wishing to travel to Grand Central Madison can use Penn Station tickets, as Penn Station and Grand Central Madison are in the same fare zone.

This special Grand Central Direct service will end with the start of the full train service that was anticipated in the preliminary schedules released last June.

To allow for travel planning, the MTA will provide additional notice when the full schedule, increasing overall LIRR service by 41%, is scheduled to take effect.

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