July/August 1998, p.7

One Pass, Twice the Fun

Read current bikes-on-transit restrictions.

Training it out of town for a bicycle adventure? Bike access to the Metro-North and Long Island Railroads is about to get easier. As we go to press, the MTA's two commuter rails are set to unveil a combined permit. Effective June 22, 1998, cyclists may use a single combined permit for both the LIRR and Metro North. Acquiring a permit will also become simpler, as cyclists may obtain the combined permit in person at both Penn and Grand Central Stations.

The new permit application outlines separate rules and restrictions for the LIRR and Metro North. Read it carefully. Folding bicycles require no permit on the LIRR, provided they are collapsed. The combination permit is not valid on Metro North's Pascack Valley and Port Jervis lines, operated by NJ Transit.

There is no fee to exchange old LIRR or Metro North permits for a combined permit.

  • bring the old pass to either the LIRR in Penn Station or to Metro North Window #27 in Grand Central. After December, 1998, exchanges must be made by mail.
  • mail your old pass to the original issuer and request a new one.

MTA / Metro North Railroad
Station Services Dept.
420 Lexington Ave., 11th Fl.
New York, NY 10017
MTA / LIRR Cyc-n-Ride
Long Island Rail Road
Jamaica, NY 11435

If you do not have a permit now, apply in person or request an application by mail. The new combination permit costs $5.

For further information call the LIRR 718-558-8228 or MNRR 212-499-4394.