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LIRR/PGA Championship 2019 questions

Postby BM6569 » Mon May 06, 2019 9:22 am

Hi all,

We had a thread for the US Open last year so I figured I'd start one for this year's event. Some info has been posted finally. http://web.mta.info/lirr/PGAChampionship/

I'll be going again, staying in Wading River. I'd like to drive to Ronkonkoma and take the train to Farmingdale. I can't recall, what's the deal with the parking garage? You have to pay to use it, right? Take a ticket when you enter and pay when you leave? I'll try to get there early Saturday morning but if the parking lot is full, would I be safe parking in the garage all day? I'll be doing the same on Sunday.

Thanks
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Re: LIRR/PGA Championship 2019

Postby MACTRAXX » Mon May 06, 2019 5:06 pm

BM:

On Saturday and Sunday there will be parking available in the surrounding lots at Ronkonkoma.
There should be no need to use the parking garage on weekends.

Make sure that you allow enough time to purchase two round trips before boarding for each day.
The cost will be $12 each ($24) for two Ronkonkoma-Farmingdale round trips. The penalty fare
either on board or at the gate in Farmingdale will be $12 one way meaning that the penalty of
$6 is exactly the same as the regular pre-paid one way fare from Ronkonkoma to Farmingdale.
The ticket office is open at Ronkonkoma on weekends.

Don't forget to check the security requirements to see what will be permitted to be carried on
the grounds - so you don't bring anything that may delay getting out on to the course.

This will be an interesting week for the LIRR. I hope to take at least one ride to Farmingdale
myself on one of the days...MACTRAXX
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Re: LIRR/PGA Championship 2019 questions

Postby BM6569 » Wed May 08, 2019 7:42 am

Thanks. I know it's tough to find a spot during the week and I wasn't sure about weekends. The PGA sent me a list of restricted items so I'll look it over. Wonder if LIRR will have a booth again? I took a pic of the one at the US Open. Still need to send it to Steve!
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Re: LIRR/PGA Championship 2019 questions

Postby CentralValleyRail » Sat May 18, 2019 5:15 pm

Was there yesterday....

Left NYP on the 10:16am everyone at PENN had seats. by Jamaica it was SRO. Busses met us at Farmingdale about a 10 minute ride to the gate.

Coming back got a shuttle bus that arrived in at Farmingdale at 8:10pm and there was a train waiting there (it turned out to be an extra train) and we left 1 minute after it pulled in... Made stops at Bethpage, Hicksville, Mineola, Jamaica and Penn Station. (might've made Woodside but I honestly don't remember)

Was pretty seemless and well run UNLIKE last year's Shinnecock where the inbounds went all local taking almost 4 hours back to Penn.
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Re: LIRR/PGA Championship 2019 questions

Postby CentralValleyRail » Tue May 21, 2019 11:29 am

Went again on Sunday... Went out on regular scheduled 9:16 train. Seats were available all the way to Farmingdale. There was no Mineola stop (which was surprising given how many people got on during the week and yes I know it's not scheduled to stop there, but trains on the return were making plenty of not posted stop).

Returned to Farmingdale around 8:05.. Left at 8:15 on an EXTRA. Plenty of seats.(waited for crowds to die down, hung out in club after the round so can't comment how bad bus lines were immediately after round)

They were running trains about every 10-15 minutes after the round (per conductor on platform).

There was a train that departed before us as we were coming in at 8:05 or so that was an M3 so that was pretty cool to see.

All in all was run well..
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