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Long Island Rail Road
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The Long Island Rail Road provides electric and diesel rail service east-west throughout Long Island, New York.
Headquarters Jamaica, NY 11435
Reporting mark LI
Locale Long Island, New York
Dates of operation 1834–present
(PRR-operated from 1928 to 1949)
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge

The Long Island Rail Road, often called the LIRR, is a commuter rail system in New York. Its lines travel from Manhattan to Suffolk County on eastern Long Island. Over 334,000 people ride the LIRR every day. It is North America's busiest commuter railroad. It is also one of the few commuter systems in the world that runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

The LIRR was created in 1834. It has never stopped operating since then. In the 1870s it was consolidated with the other railroads on Long Island. It is the oldest U.S. railroad that still has its original name. The LIRR has 124 stations and more than 700 miles (1,100 km) of railroad tracks, The LIRR has a total of 319 miles (513 km) of train routs.

It is owned by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The LIRR is one of two commuter rail systems owned by the MTA. The MTA also runs the Metro-North Railroad to New York's Hudson Valley and to Connecticut.

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