LIRR riders who take the railroad between Speonk & Montauk, please take notice that buses will replace trains for 48 hours starting tomorrow due to a bridge repair in Southampton. Here are the complete details:
Buses will replace train service on the Montauk Branch east of Speonk for 48 hours beginning at 12:40 PM on Tuesday, August 2 and continuing through Thursday, August 4 at 1 PM so MTA Long Island Rail Road can replace the damaged railroad bridge that spans Hill Station Road in Southampton.
The Hill Station Road Bridge suffered serious structural damage when it was struck by a flatbed truck in April. Scheduling the bridge project during a 48 hour period in mid-week was necessary so that train service could be restored in time to meet the heavy weekend service demand between New York City and the East End of Long Island.
The work will result in the suspension of train service between Speonk and Montauk, including some AM and PM Peak trains, and the substitution of bus service. The LIRR’s goal was to perform the bridge work in a way that would impact the fewest customers. At this time of the year, weekend ridership on the Montauk Branch greatly exceeds weekday ridership.
Customers can pick up a copy of the special “East of Speonk” timetable, which is reprinted below, for the revised schedules for specific train. The East of Speonk timetable can also be found at the Railroad’s website: www.mta.info/lirr. The outage will affect approximately 370 eastbound customers and 440 westbound customers each day. On a typical summer Friday, some 3,400 customers ride the branch.
Customers who travel to or from Westhampton, Hampton Bays, Southampton, East Hampton, Amagansett and Montauk should pick up a copy of the special timetable titled “East of Speonk Customers” to find the bus departure and arrival times during the two-day train outage.
Eastbound customers will take their train as far as Speonk and then board buses for stations Westhampton through Montauk. They should allow for up to 40 minutes additional travel time depending on their destination.
Westbound customers at stations Montauk through Westhampton will board buses to Speonk where train service will resume. Westbound customers will be boarding buses up to 39 minutes earlier and will arrive at their final destinations at normal times.
AM PEAK and PM PEAK TRAVEL
Buses will replace the following Montauk Branch AM Peak and PM Peak trains during the bridge replacement project.
Tuesday, August 2 – Eastbound PM Peak:
The 6:17 PM train from Jamaica, scheduled to arrive at Speonk at 7:55 PM will end its run at Speonk where passengers will board buses to continue on to Westhampton, Hampton Bays, Southampton, Bridgehampton, East Hampton, Amagansett, and Montauk.
Wednesday, August 3 – Westbound AM Peak:
The 5:39 AM train from Montauk, scheduled to arrive at Amagansett at 5:58 AM, East Hampton at 6:03 AM, Bridgehampton at 6:12 AM, Southampton at 6:22 AM, Hampton Bays at 6:32 AM, Westhampton at 6:41 AM will board buses at their station for Speonk where normal trains service will resume for points west.
Wednesday, August 3 – Eastbound PM Peak:
The 6:17 PM train from Jamaica, scheduled to arrive at Speonk at 7:55 PM, will end its trip at Speonk where passengers will board buses to continue on to Westhampton, Hampton Bays, Southampton, Bridgehampton, East Hampton, Amagansett and Montauk.
Thursday, August 4 – Westbound AM Peak:
The 5:39 AM train from Montauk, schedule to arrive at Amagansett at 5:58 AM, East Hampton at 6:03 AM, Bridgehampton at 6:12 AM, Southampton at 6:22 AM, Hampton Bays at 6:32 AM, Westhampton at 6:41 AM will board buses at their station for Speonk where normal service will resume for points west.
Regular train service is scheduled to resume on Thursday at 1 PM.
The Hill Station Road rail bridge was struck on the afternoon of Friday, April 22 by a flatbed truck. The truck, outfitted with a boom, became wedged underneath the bridge. The impact damaged the bridge’s structural integrity.
Service was immediately suspended while the LIRR’s Engineering Department determined the extent of the damage and how to shore up the structure so that train travel could resume Monday morning.
Normal train speed through the area is 65 miles-per-hour. But since the incident, trains have been moving over the bridge at the restricted speed of 15 miles-per-hour for safety reasons. To complicate matters for local residents, the temporary support system devised by the LIRR has prevented vehicular traffic from passing under the bridge.
The cost of the new bridge, designed by Structural Bridges USA, is $367,505. The road below the bridge is scheduled to reopen to traffic on Friday, August 19.
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