Now the LIRR is adding a second train-to-the-plane service. Correction: aggressively promoting a second service. Newsday reports that the LIRR will begin offering a discount package for travelers wanting to fly out of Long Island MacArthur Airport, just a short hop via a shuttle bus, from its Ronkonkoma station.
"The special ticket covers a one-way train trip to Ronkonkoma and a 1 1/2-mile shuttle ride to the Long Island MacArthur Airport. The fare is valid on both peak and nonpeak trains, and represents a savings of up to $4.50 each way."Prices range from $7 ($6 for seniors) from nearby Central Islip, Brentwood, Deer Park and Wyandanch to $14 ($11 for seniors) from Penn Station, Woodside, Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Flatbush Ave., Nostrand Ave. and East New York.
Although Ronkonkoma is approximately 50 miles from Penn Station by train, it is the only metropolitan New York Airport served by discounter Southwest Airlines. And, there are times when the 1:19 normal train schedule is actually faster than driving from Midtown Manhattan to JFK.