NEW YORK – The MTA Long Island Rail Road is the busiest commuter railroad in North America, carrying an average of 274,000 customers each weekday on 730 daily trains. Chartered on April 24, 1834, it is also the oldest railroad still operating under its original name.
A subsidiary of New York State’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the MTA Long Island Rail Road marked its 170th Anniversary in 2004.
The LIRR system is comprised of over 700 miles of track on 11 different branches, stretching from Montauk – on the eastern tip of Long Island – to the refurbished Penn Station in the heart of Manhattan, approximately 120 miles away. The LIRR operates 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week, including all holidays, with service intervals varying by destination and time of day.