The MTA issued a press release earlier this afternoon to announce that bus service will replace normally scheduled weekday midday trains on the Port Jefferson line between Kings Park & Port Jefferson for a little over 2 months. During the scheduled times, the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) will be replacing over 14 miles of track ties along with refurbishing the Lawrence Aviation Rd. grade crossing in Kings Park. Here is the full press release courtesy of the MTA:
The MTA Long Island Rail Road will provide bus service in place of trains on the Port Jefferson Branch between Kings Park and Port Jefferson from Monday, June 16 through Friday, August 29 when major track work will affect four eastbound and four westbound midday trains.
Working weekdays after the morning rush, the LIRR will be replacing track ties over 14 miles of track between Kings Park and Port Jefferson. The Lawrence Aviation Road grade crossing in Kings Park will also be refurbished. Westbound customers will depart on buses up to 20 minutes earlier than regularly scheduled trains. Both westbound and eastbound customers should expect up to 20 minutes additional travel time.
Off Peak Service Changes
Customers on the 8:54 AM, 10:24 AM, 11:54 AM and 1:24 PM trains from Huntington to Port Jefferson will transfer to buses at Kings Park to complete their trips for stations Smithtown, St. James, Stony Brook and Port Jefferson.
Customers for the 10:10 AM, 11:37 AM, 1:10 PM and 2:37 PM trains from Port Jefferson will board buses up to 20 minutes earlier than their regularly scheduled trains at stations Port Jefferson, Stony Brook, St. James and Smithtown and transfer to trains at Kings Park to complete their trips.
Customers should pick up a copy of the June 16-September 1 Port Jefferson Branch timetable at their station or at all LIRR terminals. They can also contact the LIRR’s 24-hour Travel Information Center in Suffolk County at 631-231-LIRR, in Nassau County at 516-822-LIRR or in New York City at 718-217-LIRR. The Travel Information Center’s TDD number for the hearing impaired is 718-558-3022. Customers can also consult the LIRR’s website at www.mta.info.
Hopefully the buses being used to carry passengers are coach buses. I remember dealing with what some call “bustitution” years ago on the Ronkonkoma line. Coach buses were used to bring passengers to the Hicksville station. I must admit we made good time to Hicksville & the ride was comfortable. If I recall correctly, we got there faster by bus compared to the normal train service.
xoxo Transit Blogger