The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) is introducing enhanced service to make New York Islanders games in Brooklyn easily accessible for fans on Long Island.
On weekdays, the new schedule will include two additional eastbound trains that will depart from Atlantic Terminal 20 minutes following the conclusion of each Islanders home game. The trains will run to Babylon and Farmingdale, respectively, stopping first at Jamaica and then making all local stops. Riders traveling to destinations on those two lines will not have to change trains at Jamaica. All other riders will change at Jamaica to catch eastbound trains serving their branch.
For weekday westbound service, fans heading to Barclays Center from stations on the Hempstead Branch and Far Rockaway Branch can travel directly to Atlantic Terminal, with a stop in Jamaica, without changing trains. All other riders will change at Jamaica for Brooklyn-bound service. Trains depart from Jamaica for Atlantic Terminal every 15 minutes for the 15-20 minute ride to Barclays Center.
On weekends and holidays, there will be two additional pre-game westbound trains and two additional post-game eastbound trains. Eastbound trains will leave 20 minutes following the conclusion of each game and will run on the same lines as weekday trains. Islanders fans traveling round trip from/to Babylon or Farmingdale, and all local stops in between, will not have to change trains at Jamaica. All other riders will change at Jamaica to catch eastbound trains serving their branch.
Barclays Center will communicate train schedules in real-time during Islanders games on arena monitors located throughout the concourse and on the center-hung scoreboard.
“Throughout the Islanders relocation to Barclays Center, we have made it a priority to ensure that the team’s fans on Long Island follow the team to Brooklyn,” said Brett Yormark, CEO of Barclays Center. “We are proud to partner with the LIRR to announce additional trains that will make that process easier and more convenient for our Long Island fans.”
“Park the car at your local LIRR station because Barclays Center is right across the street from our Atlantic Terminal station in Brooklyn,” said LIRR President Patrick A. Nowakowski. “There is just no faster or more convenient way to get to and from an Islanders game than the LIRR.”
Since Barclays Center opened nearly three years ago, LIRR ridership to Brooklyn has increased by approximately 300%.
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