Purchasing MTA railroad tickets. Newyork.?

We are planning a trip to newyork. I like to reserve things ahead of time. Ive found a MTA app that lets you purchase train tickets ahead of time. However , you can't reserve for a specific time. Does a train not ever get full when it comes at a particular time? Do people just arrive really early so they can get on it? If that's true, is it even necessary to prepurchase the train tickets? Thanks!


MetroNorth RR and Long Island RR (MTA) trains do get crowded during weekday rush hours (usually 6 AM to 9 AM and 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM and during certain holidays where lots of people come into NYC). During other times trains are not as crowded (generally). Seating on MNRR and LIRR are on a first come first served basis. You cannot reserve anything on them. It is always recommended that you arrive at the station at least 15-20 minutes before the train is scheduled to arrive/leave. Most people usually do that to avoid a certain stress that comes on when rushing for a train. This also allows for purchase of tickets (if not done ahead of time). You don't have to pre-purchase tickets but it does save time to have them (in case there is a line at the ticket window or a line at the ticket machine and/or you get there very close to the train arrival/departure time). Tickets purchased on the train incur an additional fee of at least $5.00. Note to Ron - yes it is public transportation but MetroNorth RR and LIRR are still railroads (they fall under the rules of the Federal Railroad Administration.).


The trains aren't reserved. If they run out of seats, then you stand.


It isn't a railroad it's public transportation.