NEW YORK — The city and Long Island Rail Road are pulling out all the stops for All-Star Game.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the increased number of LIRR trains to the Mets-Willets Point Stadium stop for Major League Baseball's All-Star Game and other festivities next week in Queens.
“This year, New York’s very own Citi Field will play host to the greatest ballplayers in the world at the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Game and we want to make sure fans who use the MTA have as smooth a ride as possible to and from the game,” Governor Cuomo said in a statement.
Trains will run on the Port Washington Branch every half-hour to events leading up to the All-Star Game, which is on Tuesday, July 16.
In addition to the All-Star Game, there are other big events being held at Citi Field.
The Home Run Derby, which pits the league's top hitters against one another, is on Monday, July 15.
And on Sunday, Mets legends like Dwight Gooden and Mike Piazza will compete against celebrities in the Taco Bell Legends & Celebrities Softball Game.
The MTA will also run "super-express 7 trains" after the Home Run Derby and All-Star Game, with only three stops in Queens — 61st-Woodside, Queensboro Plaza and Court Square.
Mets third baseman David Wright and ace pitcher Matt Harvey have been selected as all-stars for the National League.
The Yankees are sending second baseman Robinson Cano and closer Mariano Rivera to the big game.