Buses Replace Some Ronkonkoma Trains

Just a short time ago, the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) issued a press release via e-mail. The press release was to announce that buses will be replacing some morning & midday trains for 4 days on the Ronkonkoma line between Ronkonkoma & Greenport. This is due to grade crossing work in Riverhead. Here are the complete details:

The MTA Long Island Rail Road will substitute bus service in place of trains on the Ronkonkoma Branch between Ronkonkoma and Greenport throughout the morning/midday (9:00 AM to 4:00 PM) from Monday, March 16 through Thursday, March 19, as grade crossing renewal work is performed at the Raynor Avenue crossing in Riverhead.

The workwhich includes the removal of wooden ties and the installation of new, longer lasting concrete ties and padswill ensure both track and grade crossing remain in a state of good repair for the safe crossing of train and vehicular traffic. New asphalt will provide for a seamless transition between the crossing and roadwaya smoother ride for both customers and motorists.

Two eastbound and two westbound trains, normally scheduled to operate between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM, Monday, March 16 through Thursday, March 19, will be affected while work is performed. To minimize inconvenience to our customers, buses will be provided for passengers to complete their trips.

Eastbound Customers:

Customers normally traveling on the 9:02 AM train from Ronkonkoma, due in Greenport at 10:27 AM and the 1:42 PM train from Ronkonkoma, due in Riverhead at 2:27 PM, will board a bus at Ronkonkoma for all stations east.

Westbound Customers:

Customers normally traveling on the 11:42 AM train from Greenport, due in Ronkonkoma at 1:06 PM, will board a bus at stations Greenport through Medford. Customer normally traveling on the 3:19 PM train from Riverhead, due in Ronkonkoma at 4:04 PM, will board a bus at stations Riverhead through Medford. Both westbound buses will terminate at Ronkonkoma for connecting train service to western terminals.

During this grade crossing renewal work, customers should anticipate up to 15 minutes additional travel time.

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