The MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) announced on Friday that riders will see reduced weekend service along the main line in August due to a track modernization project. Here are the complete details:
A track modernization project on the Long Island Rail Road’s Main Line in Mineola over four consecutive weekends in August will result in some cancellations and service adjustments on the Huntington-Port Jefferson, Oyster Bay, Ronkonkoma, Far Rockaway and Babylon branches.
LIRR personnel will be installing new running rail, resurfacing and making repairs at the Willis Ave. grade crossing on Saturday and Sunday, August 6 and 7, Saturday and Sunday, August 13 and 14, Saturday and Sunday, August 20 and 21 and Saturday and Sunday, August 27 and 28. The work, when completed, will provide a smoother ride and more reliable service.
Since one of two Main Line tracks will be out of service during the project, the LIRR had revised weekend service on those branches to accommodate the track work.
Over the first two weekends, August 6-7 and August 13-14, the track work will get underway Saturday at 12:43 AM and continue until 10 AM on Sunday when regular service will resume. Over the third and fourth weekends, August 20-21 and August 27-28, the track work will get underway Saturday at 12:39 AM and continue until 10 AM on Sunday when regular service will resume.
On Saturdays, the work will affect approximately 24,000 customers traveling east and west of Jamaica. On Sundays, the work will affect about 1,200 customers eastbound and 1,700 customers westbound.
Service on the Huntington Branch will be hourly instead of half-hourly and some trains will be adjusted earlier by three minutes.
Port Jefferson Branch:
Port Jefferson Branch trains will run every two hours instead of every 90 minutes. Customers can also expect an increase in travel time of 2-3 minutes.
Oyster Bay Branch:
Oyster Bay Branch trains have been adjusted to run every two hours.
Babylon Branch trains departing Penn Station on Saturdays at 7:40 AM, 8:40 AM, 9:40 AM and 11:40 AM can expect an increase in travel time of 8 minutes. Sunday trains departing Penn Station at 7:40 AM and 8:40 AM will also increased travel time of 8 minutes.
On Sundays, the 12:16 AM train to Ronkonkoma has been adjusted 14 minutes later. Also on Saturdays, customers on the 11:21 PM train from Ronkonkoma can expect an increase in travel time of up to 5 minutes.
Far Rockaway Branch:
On Sundays, the 12:16 AM train from Penn Station, which normally connects to the Far Rockaway train at Jamaica is adjusted. Instead, Far Rockaway customers should board the 12:01 AM Babylon train at Penn Station and change at Jamaica for the Far Rockaway connection.
Well this will sure make me think twice about hopping the railroad to the city during the weekend!
xoxo Transit Blogger