Starting tomorrow, Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) customers using the Ronkonkoma line need to be aware that buses will replace trains east of Farmingdale for the next 2 weekends. This is due to track and switch surfacing in the Deer Park area along with the Wellwood Avenue grade crossing in Wyandanch being renewed. Here are the complete details courtesy of a press release sent to me a couple of days ago:
Train service on the MTA Long Island Rail Road’s Ronkonkoma Branch will be affected by track-related programs on two Saturdays, July 11 and July 18. Between 12:45 AM on Saturday and 12:40 AM on Sunday, both weekends, customers traveling east of Farmingdale will take buses for part of their trips. Local trains will operate normally between Ronkonkoma and Greenport.
On July 11, track and switch surfacing will be performed in the Deer Park area and the Wellwood Avenue grade crossing in Wyandanch will be renewed. On July 18, track work will be performed in the Wyandanch, Deer Park and Central Islip areas and the 18th Street grade crossing in Wyandanch will be renewed.
Customers for stations Pinelawn through Ronkonkoma will board buses at Hicksville to complete their trips. Customers should anticipate increased travel times of up to 23 minutes.
Customers from stations Ronkonkoma through Pinelawn will board buses at their station then transfer to trains at Hicksville to complete their trips. Customers should expect increased travel time of up to 50 minutes.
East of Ronkonkoma Service
Customers traveling to stations east of Ronkonkoma to Greenport will board express buses at Hicksville for stations Medford through Greenport. Customers should expect increased travel time of up to 30 minutes.
Customers traveling from stations Greenport through Medford will board trains at their stations and transfer to local and express buses at Ronkonkoma then transfer to trains at Hicksville to complete their trips. Customers should expect increased travel time up to 50 minutes.
Well I will definitely be avoiding this mess. Thank heavens for Babylon service or being able to drive.
xoxo Transit Blogger