Are you planning on going into the city to or from Long Island? Or are you taking a train from one area of Long Island to another? Instead of having to call the LIRR or check their website online, you can find out about any interruptions or changes in service for free. There's an easy way to find out in real-time if the regular schedules have changed. All you have to do is to sign up for free MTA (Metropolitan Transit Authority) and Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) alerts.
Once you're in the system, you'll automatically receive up-to-date emails or text messages sent directly to your cell phone about the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR), buses, subway and other transportation information concerning your commute.
In addition to receiving real-time alerts about all these modes of transportation as well as traffic alerts for MTA (Metropolitan Transit Authority) bridges and tunnels, you have another choice. You can also opt to receive notices about planned service changes, which will be sent to you regarding any maintenance work or diversions that will be caused by repairs. You also have the choice of just receiving planned service changes without real-time alerts.
If you’re going to be out of town for a while and prefer not to receive these notices during that period, this service will also allow you to temporarily stop receiving notices. When you’re back from vacation or business trip, you won't even have to re-enter all your account information in order to re-activate your account.
All you have to do is go to the MTA’s website at http://mymtaalerts.com and click on "Sign Up." You'll be redirected to a new page where you just fill in your name, email address and create a password for your free account. Then you just click "Sign Up,” and you’re done. It's that easy.
Please note that this service is free of charge from the MTA, but that you may be responsible for the cost of received text messages, all depending on the cell phone carrier that you use and on your specific calling plan.
If you’d prefer not to sign up for regularly sent messages, then you can use another one of the Long Island Rail Road’s (LIRR) free services. All you have to do is send a text to them and you’ll receive the current schedule. For more information, please see www.mymtaalerts.com.