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May 4, 2018 2:26 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

LIRR Will Offer Several Trains, From Both West And East, For Spectators During U.S. Open

May 9, 2018 10:24 AM

The USGA recently announced that the Long Island Rail Road will add several trains to its schedule for the U.S. Open Championship, set for June 11 to 17 at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club.

Spectators will be able to disembark across County Road 39 from the fan entry gate at Shinnecock Hills, thanks to a temporary stop that will be added at the Stony Brook Southampton campus. Commuters will proceed through security screening prior to crossing a pedestrian bridge spanning County Road 39 to reach the championship grounds.

To accommodate increased ridership and encourage the use of mass transit, the LIRR will provide service for fans traveling from both New York City and Eastern Long Island.

The pedestrian bridge is expected to be completed by May 21, according to U.S. Open Championship Director Charlie Howe. Construction of the bridge will require an overnight closure of County Road 39, from roughly 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.; an exact date of that closure has yet to be announced.

During tournament week, numerous morning and afternoon trains will be scheduled each day, with service increasing during championship rounds, June 14 to 17. A schedule will be posted at mta.info/lirr and accessible via usopen.com and the U.S. Open app, which will be available for download on May 31.

LIRR tickets can be purchased beginning May 21 at ticket machines, staffed ticket offices or through the MTA eTix mobile app. Visitors are encouraged to buy round-trip tickets in advance.

“We understand that the U.S. Open fan experience starts well before someone arrives at the venue,” said Reg Jones, the managing director of U.S. Open Championships. “Partnering with the LIRR allows us to provide a convenient door-to-door option to the championship for our fans.”

“The LIRR is the best way for people coming from all over to experience world-class events on Long Island such as the U.S. Open,” said LIRR President Phil Eng. “With limited capacity on Long Island’s highways and parking lots, events like this couldn’t be held here without the railroad. I’m proud of LIRR staff’s ability to develop solutions like having the USGA build a temporary platform, which will help us bring our customers as close as possible, and as quickly as possible, to the championship without having to worry about traffic or parking.”

Daily and multi-day tickets are available exclusively at usopen.com. More information is available at usopen.com, by email at ticketquestions@usga.org or by phone at 1-800-698-0661.

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How about additional trains that go further east than just Southampton?? Some of us live on one side of the Open and work on the other side. My Plan B involves a tent planted somewhere in BH for Thursday and Friday.
By kkelly75 (31), Hampton Bays on May 4, 18 3:22 PM
Why can't the trains return west and stop at the open? There are patrons that live, rent and visit east of the open. Not well done, can't commute from the east to the open???
By knitter (1941), Southampton on May 4, 18 6:22 PM
Per the article "the LIRR will provide service for fans traveling from both New York City and eastern Long Island." Plus the article title says "LIRR Will Offer Several Trains, From Both West And East, For Spectators During U.S. Open". Hopefully that means they will stop via both directions.
By localEH (427), East Hampton on May 4, 18 7:45 PM
The US Open is a perfect example of what money can do. There is no train station or pedestrian Bridge at this location. So a temporary station and pedestrian bridge will be built and torn down for a one week event.
At Mastic Shirley, no exaggeration, people climb or go under an 8 foot fence to get to the other side of the tracks. A pedestrian bridge is needed there 365 days of the year, but they can build one for a one week event. Life is funny.
By deelove (152), Bridgehampton on May 5, 18 8:06 AM
This comment has been removed because it is a duplicate, off-topic or contains inappropriate content.
By SlimeAlive (1181), Southampton on May 5, 18 9:11 AM
Whooooa! Deelove's comment is a valid and cogent observation, and not worthy of your snarky ad hominem attack! What's with that, anyway?

Her point is certainly better taken that some of the Libtard drivel some others constantly post here.

By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on May 5, 18 3:06 PM
I'm pretty sure that it is the USGA that foots the bill for the pedestrian bridge.
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on May 5, 18 9:42 PM
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"The US Open is a perfect example of what money can do"
is that the valid and cogent observation or the ad hominem?
By SlimeAlive (1181), Southampton on May 7, 18 8:17 AM
The fence is there to stop people from crossing tracks. You are required to go around to a crossing. Safety...
By knitter (1941), Southampton on May 5, 18 9:40 AM
Build that fence, build that fence, build that fence!!!!!
By DiseaseDiocese (668), Riverhead on May 5, 18 4:08 PM
As long as the US Open/Shinnecock Hills Golf Club handsomely remunirates public agencies (including the LIRR) for all the extra services being provided the event, there is little to criticize about it (beyond, of course, the exacerbated auto traffic snafus that it will engender, but one wonders if it will make those significantly worse than they aready are [or if such a thing is, indeed, possible.])

It will bring money into the community. (Lots, I hope.)

It would be nice though, ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on May 7, 18 9:24 AM
I commute from Westhampton to Southampton for work. I had hoped there would be additional train service added that week that goes past the US Open to encourage commuters like my self to leave their cars at home. Traffic on a normal day is horrendous and I can only image what it will be like during the Open. If more trains were offered ALL the time, I would certainly would consider getting off the road.
By rraynor (4), Westhampton on May 16, 18 5:41 AM