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Do all east bound LIRR stop at Jamaica?

Old Mar 19, 18, 6:20 am
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Do all east bound LIRR stop at Jamaica?

It seems that all east bound LIRR stop at Jamaica. Is that true? If I am at NYPenn and Iím following signs for LIRR, can I just get on any train and be able to get off at Jamaica?
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Old Mar 19, 18, 7:24 am
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Originally Posted by bluegatorade View Post
It seems that all east bound LIRR stop at Jamaica. Is that true? If I am at NYPenn and I’m following signs for LIRR, can I just get on any train and be able to get off at Jamaica?
Trains to Port Washington or Great Neck don't, that's a separate line. The vast majority of other trains do.

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Old Mar 19, 18, 4:08 pm
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Originally Posted by cestmoi123 View Post
Everything but trains to Port Washington or Great Neck, that's a separate line.
There are also some trains that go through Jamaica but do not stop there. Usually during rush hour (IR, express trains). Last summer I think it was a ~5pm Babylon train, for one. But I think there are a good handful of them, so definitely DO NOT just get on any non-Port Washington branch trains. Such a mistake could cause you to lose 2-3 hours because sometimes the first stop on these trains is quite a ways out there (and then you have to get back).
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How does one tell from the ticket machine thing if an LIRR train will stop at Jamaica? The standing electronic board thing just shows the rail name/color and times if I remember correctly.
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Check the station stops list at the entrance door first.
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Originally Posted by bluegatorade View Post
How does one tell from the ticket machine thing if an LIRR train will stop at Jamaica? The standing electronic board thing just shows the rail name/color and times if I remember correctly.
Use the MTA trip planner function on the MTA website.
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Old Mar 20, 18, 12:26 pm
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Originally Posted by bluegatorade View Post
How does one tell from the ticket machine thing if an LIRR train will stop at Jamaica? The standing electronic board thing just shows the rail name/color and times if I remember correctly.
The little paper schedules should show the stops for each separate train on each line as well, as will the LIRR web page and the app. I think on the latter two you can put in a time and a trip, Penn to Jamaica, and it will tell you what the next trains going there are and when they leave. Although we live on the Port Washington line so we never have to go through Jamaica, where all LIRR trains go to have switching problems.
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Old Mar 20, 18, 12:57 pm
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You can:

1. Look at the large display board above the LIRR ticket windows. The display shows the next two departures to any particular station.

2. Check the list of station stops posted at each gate for a particular train.

3. Consult one of the "City Terminal Zone" paper timetables to find trains from Penn to Jamaica.
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Old Mar 20, 18, 6:31 pm
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Got it, thank you all!
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Old Mar 20, 18, 10:41 pm
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I think it's clear from the posts, but here are some visual aids anyway. Of course you can use the website or MTA app to know in advance what train to take.

This general departure board won't show you:


You can look here above the ticket windows:


Or at the boards at the entry to each track:
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Old Mar 20, 18, 10:45 pm
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Oh, and for what it's worth, it looks like about half the PM rush hour trains leaving Penn on the Babylon branch between 4pm and 6:30pm bypass Jamaica. Looks similar on the Ronkonkoma line.
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Per #11 , pax coming from Brooklyn will have L-O-N-G waits for many trains.
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Originally Posted by ijgordon View Post
I think it's clear from the posts, but here are some visual aids anyway. Of course you can use the website or MTA app to know in advance what train to take.

This general departure board won't show you:
M

You can look here above the ticket windows:


Or at the boards at the entry to each track:
Great visual aids to add to the descriptions. ^
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Old Mar 23, 18, 11:36 pm
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Doesn't Google Maps provide routing and service info for the LIRR?
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Old Mar 24, 18, 3:59 pm
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Presumably, but if you just need train times, why not get them from the source?
In the end, the point is only that you canít blindly get on a train.
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