With CityTicket, the Long Island Rail Road’s (LIRR) discounted ticket for travel within Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan, set to expand during the week of Aug. 20 to peak hour trains for the first time since it was created 20 years ago, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced that the LIRR will simultaneously launch its new Far Rockaway Ticket, which will have similar characteristics as CityTicket and will be available for purchase at Far Rockaway Station.
Owing to the unique geographic position of Far Rockaway, within the City of New York but by train which travels through Nassau County, the ticket is the first ticket ever created for users of a specific station. It was created specifically for Far Rockaway riders to mirror the pricing of the railroad’s discounted CityTicket available for travel only within Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan, with peak tickets costing $7.00 and off-peak tickets $5.00.
The tickets will only be sold at the Far Rockaway station. Customers can buy them on the TrainTime app but must share their location with the app to confirm they are near the station. They will also be available at the station’s vending machines. Tickets are only valid on the day of purchase, but riders can take advantage of the discount on a same-day return trip by buying a round-trip ticket before leaving Far Rockaway.
The Far Rockaway Ticket debuts at the same time the MTA is expanding CityTicket to peak trains. Now, customers at any LIRR or Metro-North Railroad station within New York City can use CityTicket at any time and any day of the week.
Grand Central Madison became the new primary western terminal for Far Rockaway Branch service when the terminal opened for full service on Feb. 27. Under the Grand Central Madison schedules, the Far Rockaway Branch received three additional peak trains in the morning and afternoon. In the LIRR’s next schedule update on Sept. 5, some morning peak trains will once again run to Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn.
-via Press Release