Far Rockaway Schedule Adjustments

This upcoming weekend & one in May will see the LIRR’s Far Rockaway line have schedule adjustments due to maintenance work. Here are the complete details:

On April 12-13, and on May 3-4, the Long Island Rail Road will perform waterproofing maintenance on a bridge that carries two tracks over 150th Street in Jamaica, Queens. As a result, Far Rockaway Branch train schedules are being adjusted by up to eight minutes.

Throughout both weekends, arrival and departure times at Atlantic Terminal, Brooklyn will not be affected. But arrival and departure times between Jamaica and Far Rockaway will be changed. Details are below.

Westbound:

Brooklyn-bound trains will depart Far Rockaway, Inwood, Lawrence, Cedarhurst, Woodmere, Hewlett, Gibson and Valley Stream stations up to eight minutes earlier than normal. These trains will be held at Jamaica for up to eight minutes and will arrive at Atlantic Terminal at their regularly scheduled time. For special timetables detailing the amended departure times, please visit http://bit.ly/1hoRo0D.

Eastbound:

Far Rockaway-bound trains will depart Atlantic Terminal, Brooklyn, at the usual time. Trains will arrive at stations Valley Stream through Far Rockaway up to eight minutes later than normal. For special timetables detailing the times that trains will stop, please visit http://bit.ly/1hoRo0D

Additionally, the Far Rockaway-bound train departing Atlantic Terminal at 12:15 a.m., due to depart Jamaica at 12:36 a.m., will not make its usual stops at Locust Manor (12:41 a.m.), Laurelton (12:43 a.m.), or Rosedale (12:46 a.m.) As an alternative, customers should board one of the following Long Beach-bound trains:

• Departing Jamaica at 12:18 a.m., stopping at Locust Manor (12:23 a.m.), Laurelton (12:25 a.m.), and Rosedale (12:28 a.m.);

• Departing Jamaica at 1:41 a.m., stopping at Locust Manor (1:46 a.m.), Laurelton (1:48 a.m.), and Rosedale (1:51 a.m.).

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LIRR Ticket Scam Update

Earlier this morning, I posted about the LIRR warning about a ticket scam at the TVM machine located in the Baldwin station. Here is an update as the MTA Police have released new information:

The MTA Police today released a WANTED poster (see attachment) for a suspect allegedly behind an attempt to scam Long Island Rail Road Ticket Vending Machines (TVMs) at Baldwin Station. The poster includes photographs of the suspect, identified as Vasile Ovidiu Haidau, a 35-year-old Romanian national who police say has ties to a credit card – identity theft gang in California.

Last week, LIRR TVM technicians discovered a scanning device inside the credit/debit card slot in a Baldwin TVM as well as a tiny camera secreted above the keyboard that was videotaping as LIRR customers typed in their PIN. The LIRR routinely monitors its TVMs for signs of tampering. MTA Police were immediately called to the scene and determined that the scammers had not been able to download any of the information picked up by either device so they do not believe that any LIRR customers who used that machine in Baldwin had their credit-debit information compromised.

Still, the MTA PD and the LIRR advise customers to take precautions to protect their PIN number when using a credit or debit card at LIRR Ticket Vending Machines and advise anyone who finds unfamiliar transactions on their bank statements to immediately contact their financial institution.

MTA Police said Haidau was last seen on Monday morning driving a 2014 Blue Volvo S80 traveling west on Sunrise Highway in Baldwin. The rental car carried the license plate number GXR5959. Detective say Haidau should be considered dangerous and if in anyone spots him they a should notify the MTA Police Department Detective Division at (516) 222-6501 or the On Duty-On Call Detective Sergeant via MTA Police Communications at (718) 361-2201. For tips from the MTA Police on how to safeguard your valuables when riding MTA trains and buses go to:.
http://web.mta.info/safeguardyourstuff/safeguardyourstuff.htm

Click here to view the WANTED poster for the suspect who is still at large.

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LIRR Ticket Scam Warning

Yesterday evening, the MTA Long Island Rail Road issued a warning about scam artists who were targeting riders purchasing tickets at vending machines with their credit or debit card. Here is more:

The MTA Police Department is again reminding Long Island Rail Road customers to be on guard when purchasing tickets at LIRR Ticket Vending Machines after the Railroad TVM maintainers turned up evidence that scammers were trying to steal credit and debit card information at Baldwin Station.

MTA Police Chief Michael Coan and LIRR President Helena E. Williams urged customers who have purchased a rail ticket from an LIRR TVM at Baldwin or any LIRR station using a credit or debit car to immediately check with their bank or credit card company to determine if their accounts show signs of unauthorized activity. The LIRR and the MTA Police will continue regular monitoring of TVMs and we ask the riding public to help by keeping their eyes open and reporting any suspicious activity at our stations.”

Last week, LIRR employees discovered card skimming devices and tiny hidden cameras attached to the TVMs at Baldwin during a routine inspection and immediately notified the MTA Police Department. The MTA Police Detective Division is currently investigating the case and has identified a possible suspect.

This kind of scam is nothing new as I have known of issues with this for years. I always make sure to check & feel for such devices when i swipe or insert my card in the machine or at any location for that matter (especially at ATM’s). I urge all of my readers to do the same!

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Service Diversions 04-04-14

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

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Buses Replace Hempstead Trains

Riders of the LIRR’s Hempstead Line should remember that buses will replace trains all weekend between Hempstead & Jamaica due to switch resurfacing & tie installation work. Here are the complete details:

This coming weekend, bus service will replace trains on the Hempstead Branch between Hempstead and Jamaica beginning at 11:38 PM Friday, April 4 and running until 4 AM on Monday, April 7 so that the Long Island Rail Road can carry out important track maintenance work in the area of Bellerose Station, an key section of track that serves the Huntington/Port Jefferson, Ronkonkoma, Oyster Bay and Hempstead branches.

Full train service will be restored for the AM Peak commute on Monday, April 7. The LIRR will be carrying out switch resurfacing and installing concrete ties, part of the Railroad’s annual multi-million dollar infrastructure maintenance program necessary to ensure that Long Island Rail Road customers will have a safe and comfortable ride.

Eastbound:

Customers traveling eastbound will take the train as far as Jamaica and change there for buses and vans for stations Hollis through Hempstead. Customers should expect up to an additional 33 minutes travel time depending on destination. Those passengers heading for Country Life Press Station will board a van at Jamaica and will arrive at Country Life Press up to 49 minutes later than normal.

Westbound:

Customers traveling westbound will board buses and vans at station Hempstead through Hollis up to 32 minutes earlier than scheduled train times for travel to Jamaica Station where they can board trains to complete their trip west. Passengers at Country Life Press Station will board a local van 50 minutes earlier than normal for Jamaica where train service will resume.

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