LIRR Anticipates Cancellations & Delays 09-15-15

The Long Island Railroad anticipates cancellations & delays during the upcoming PM rush due to the freight train derailment earlier this afternoon near Hicksville. Here is what they just had to say:

Because of a freight train that derailed west of Hicksville Station this afternoon, the Long Island Rail Road is advising customers to anticipate delays and cancelations during today’s P.M. rush hour.

The derailed train cars are blocking one of the two tracks that are shared by trains of the Ronkonkoma Branch and Port Jefferson Branch. As a result, the LIRR will be able to operate trains over only one of its usual two tracks between Westbury and Hicksville. Other branches will be impacted as well, as the railroad works systemwide to readjust its equipment and available train slots within the new operating constraints.

All westbound service from Port Jefferson, Huntington and Ronkonkoma to Jamaica will be canceled between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., and the railroad is canceling about one third of normal eastbound rush hour service. Some eastbound trains will bypass Carle Place and Westbury. Customers for those two stations who are on a train that bypasses them will be able to catch a bus at Hicksville for service to the stations.

After 8 p.m., the LIRR will continue to operate with reduced service throughout the evening and overnight hours as crews work to re-rail the derailed train and repair hundreds of feet of damaged rails.

Customers traveling during the rush hour and overnight tonight should pay attention to the news media for the latest updates, monitor Service Status on the MTA’s website, subscribe to email and text alerts, follow @LIRR on Twitter, and listen for announcements at stations.

At approximately 1:10 p.m., two cars of a westbound 16-car freight train carrying construction debris and operated by New York & Atlantic Railway derailed west of the LIRR’s Hicksville Station. There were no injuries as a result of the derailment, and no hazardous materials were being transported. Crews are working to re-rail the derailed cars, a process that involves a crane and could take several hours. They will then inspect the rails and repair any damage.

The LIRR had suspended train service on those two branches for about 40 minutes after the incident, but was able to restore limited service after inspecting the tracks to ensure that one of the two tracks remains usable.

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Service Diversions 09-11-15

Get a start on your weekend travel plans as I have just updated the Service Diversions through all of next week.

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Limited G Train Service Due To Derailment

Shortly after 10:15 last night, the front two wheels on the first car of a Brooklyn-bound G Train derailed south of the Hoyt-Schemerhorn Streets station.

Due to this derailment, MTA NYC Transit has just literally announced that service will be limited on the G Train. Here are the complete details:

As a result of last night’s derailment north of the Hoyt-Schermerhorn Sts station, the following service changes will be in effect beginning at 6 a.m:

• There will be limited G service between Bedford-Nostrand Avs and Court Sq.

• There will be extremely limited G service between Bedford-Nostrand Avs and Fulton St running in both directions on the Queens-bound track only. Customers can also use the B38 bus on DeKalb Av (southbound) and Lafayette Av (northbound) as an alternative.

• Free transfers will be available from Fulton St on the G Line to Lafayette Av on the C Line as well as from Broadway on the G to Lorimer St on the J/M/Z Lines.

• No G service between Fulton St and Church Av. From Church Av, customers should take the F. G Line customers between Bergen St and Church Av who normally transfer between the G and A or C at Hoyt-Schermerhorn Sts should transfer between the F and A or C at Jay St-MetroTech instead.

At 10:34 p.m, the front axle (first two wheels) of the head car of a Church Av-bound G train derailed 700 feet north of the Hoyt-Schermerhorn Sts station. Approximately 80 customers were safely walked through the 4-car train and the tunnel to the Hoyt-Schermerhorn Sts station. FDNY reports that one customer complained of dizziness and two others were being evaluated at an area hospital for minor injuries. The cause of the derailment is under investigation.

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NYC Transit Labor Day 2015 Service Plan

Here is the Labor Day 2015 service plan for NYC Transit:

MTA New York City Transit subways and buses and MTA Bus Company buses will operate on a Sunday schedule on Labor Day, Monday, September 7.

Because of the J’Ouvert Parade on Monday, September 7, from 2 a.m. to 8 a.m. in Brooklyn, the Church Av 2 station will be closed and bypassed from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. on Monday, September 7. Buses in the area will be rerouted.

Because of the West Indian-American Day Parade on Monday, September 7, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. along Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, certain subway entrances in the parade area may be affected and buses in the area will be rerouted. The Eastern Pkwy-Brooklyn Museum 234 station will be closed and bypassed from 12 noon to 7 p.m. Monday, September 7. At Crown Hts-Utica Av 34 station, certain staircases will be designated entrance/exit only. 4 trains will make local stops in Brooklyn.

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LIRR Labor Day 2015 Service Plan

Here is the Labor Day 2015 service plan for the Long Island Railroad (LIRR):

MTA Long Island Rail Road will provide additional early-afternoon trains from Penn Station on Friday, September 4, for customers planning an early getaway for the Labor Day weekend. There will be four extra Babylon trains, three extra Port Jefferson Branch trains, and one extra train on
the Ronkonkoma, Port Washington and Far Rockaway branches.

Extra Train Service from Penn Station, Friday, September 4

Babylon Branch:

2:22 p.m. train from Penn Station, express to Rockville Centre, then all stops to Babylon.

2:32 p.m. train from Penn Station, express to Lynbrook, and then all stops to Babylon.

3:00 p.m. train from Penn stopping at Jamaica, Rockville Centre, then all stops to Babylon.

3:31 p.m. train from Penn Station express to Rockville Centre, and then all stops to Babylon.

Port Jefferson Branch (to Hicksville and Huntington):

2:08 p.m. from Penn Station stopping at Jamaica, Mineola, then all stops to Huntington.

2:26 p.m. from Penn Station stopping at Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Jamaica, New Hyde Park, then all stops to Huntington.

3:24 p.m. from Penn Station stopping at Jamaica, Mineola, Westbury and Hicksville.

Ronkonkoma Branch:

1:40 p.m. from Penn Station stopping at Woodside, Jamaica, Mineola, Hicksville and all stops to Ronkonkoma.

Port Washington Branch (to Great Neck):

3:40 p.m. from Penn Station stopping at Woodside, Flushing-Main Street, and then all stops to Great Neck

Far Rockaway Branch:

3:48 p.m. express from Penn Station to Locust Manor, then all local stops to Far Rockaway

Weekend Schedule for Saturday & Sunday, September 5-6:

On Saturday, September 5 and Sunday, September 6 the Long Island Rail Road will be operating on a Weekend Schedule.

Holiday Schedule for Labor Day, Monday, September 7:

On Labor Day, Monday, September 1, the LIRR will operate on a regular Holiday Schedule.

Montauk Branch Travel Advisory for the Labor Day Weekend:

Montauk Branch customers should know that the LIRR’s four extra summer eastbound trains on the Friday before Labor Day. Those trains are the 1:43 p.m. from Penn Station connecting at Jamaica for the Montauk train, the 1:48 p.m. from Hunterspoint Ave. Station in Long Island City, the 4:06 p.m.
Cannonball from Penn Station and the 5:09 p.m. from Penn Station

On Labor, Monday, September 7, westbound afternoon Montauk trains that usually operate on summer Sundays will instead run on Monday only. Those trains are: 1:31 p.m. departure from Montauk, the 3:08 p.m. departure from Bridgehampton, the 4 p.m. departure from Montauk, the 6:37 p.m. (Cannonball West) departure from Montauk and the 8:36 p.m. from Montauk The regular Monday only westbound train leaving Montauk at 7:01 a.m. will instead operate on Tuesday morning, September 8.

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