Change at Jamaica: 190 Years of the Long Island Rail Road

Change at Jamaica: 190 Years of the Long Island Rail Road MayMay 23 2024 06:00pm - 07:30pm99 Schermerhorn St, Brooklyn, United States

Change at Jamaica: 190 Years of the Long Island Rail Road 

Thursday, May 23rd, 2024

6:00 PM ET / Doors open 5:45 PM ET

On-Site Program

$15 / Members $10


190 years ago on April 24, 1834, New York State officially chartered the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) to run from the Brooklyn waterfront 95 miles east to Greenport, Long Island. Despite early challenges and financial troubles, the LIRR spurred explosive population growth in Brooklyn and Queens and significantly shaped the suburbs of Long Island—long before the rise of the automobile. As the first modern electrified commuter service in the US, the LIRR is the nation’s oldest railroad still operating under its original name – and remains the nation’s busiest commuter line. And these well-traveled lines and branches figure prominently into bold new plans for a more livable New York.  


Join writer Elizabeth Moore for a look back at the trajectory and untold stories of LIRR’s remarkable 190-year history, the subject of her forthcoming book. The presentation will feature Moore’s ongoing research, as well as new archival materials from the Transit Museum’s collection, digitized with support from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation. 


Tickets for this event are $10 for museum members and $15 for the general public.

For members the discount is applied at checkout.



For more information on Transit Museum accessibility including wheelchair access, please visit Please email [email protected] with any questions.


Children ages 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult.


For general inquires email [email protected].


All ticket sales are final. Should you be unable to attend the program on the date you reserved, the full price of unused tickets may be treated as a donation to the Transit Museum and is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. The Museum is not able to provide refunds or reschedule reservations to another date.


Image: From the New York Transit Museum's Long Island Rail Road Early Property Records Collection.

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