LIRR Urging Baseball Fans To Take The Train To The Game During All-Star Week
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Long Island Rail Road has announced extra trains to Citi Field for the Major League Baseball All-Star Week festivities beginning on Sunday.
As 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported, the LIRR doesn’t care if you root for the National League or the American League. But if you plan to attend any of the All-Star Week events at Citi Field from Sunday to Tuesday, they’re hoping you’ll take the train to the game.
“If you come here and look for parking, you’re gonna find less parking spots available because they’re using the parking lot for some of the FanFest activities,” LIRR president Helena Williams said.
“The MTA Long Island Rail Road will be ready with added train service for tens of thousands of fans heading to the ballpark to see the All-Stars play. I hope baseball fans will take advantage of this increased service by leaving their cars at home and taking the Long Island Rail Road to see the All-Star Game,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement.
The train, on the railroad’s Port Washington branch, takes just 19 minutes from Penn Station and 17 minutes from Great Neck, Williams said.
For Tuesday’s All-Star Game, train service will be every 30 minutes to the Mets-Willets Point station.
There will also be extra trains for many of the other All-Star activities held at Citi Field. The All-Star Futures Game and the All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game will be on Sunday and All-Star Workout Day and Home Run Derby are set for Monday.
The LIRR also urges passengers to buy their tickets before boarding to save $6, D’Auria reported.
In addition to the LIRR, extra 7 trains will be running to accommodate the large crowds expected at the ballpark for All-Star festivities.
“The MTA’s mass transit network is the best way to get to the full schedule of All-Star Game events, beginning with the opening of the five-day All-Star Game FanFest at the Jacob Javits Convention Center on Friday, July 12. There’s no reason to sit in traffic when baseball fans can ride the MTA for an easy, comfortable ride to all the All-Star action,” MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F.. Prendergast said in a statement.
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