Monthly ticket holders on the Long Island Rail Road will be able to bring along up to four companions for a $1 each way every Saturday this summer.
New LIRR president Phil Eng said, “Since coming aboard at the LIRR, I wanted to find a way to offer something to our loyal monthly customers – and we believe this program accomplishes that and shows our customers how much we appreciate them.
“Beyond that, we’re excited to be a part of reducing the carbon footprint on Long Island by getting motorists out of their cars, while promoting the Long Island tourism industry, as rail travel across the island takes customers straight to the unique and magnificent local destinations that exist right here in our own backyard.”
There are some exceptions to the 13-day ticket deal but none involved the Port Jefferson line.
The Summer Saturdays pilot is based on the LIRR’s Family Fare ticket, which runs year-round, and allows up to four children (ages 5-11; children under 5 ride free) to ride for $1 each when accompanied by a fare-paying adult.
The new program extends this offer to adults as well, when traveling with a monthly customer whose ticket becomes a system-wide pass on Summer Saturdays.
The program comes at the same time as a plan by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to reduce fares between some LIRR stations in the city to encourage use of the railroad.