Catching up with some news, the LIRR sent me word on Wednesday that buses would replace some midday Montauk line trains due to rail inspections. Here are the complete details:
The MTA Long Island Rail Road will provide bus service in place of midday trains on the Montauk Branch east of Speonk on Friday, March 4, as track inspections are performed. Customers on two eastbound and two westbound midday trains between Speonk and Montauk will be affected.
Eastbound: The 8:52 AM and 12:07 PM trains from Babylon to Montauk will terminate at Speonk. Customers traveling to stations Westhampton through Montauk will transfer to buses at Speonk to complete their trips. Customers should anticipate increased travel time of up to 28 minutes, depending on their destination.
Westbound: The 11:19 AM and 2:51 PM trains from Montauk will originate from Speonk, instead, at 12:39 PM and 4:14 PM, respectively. Customers at stations Montauk through Westhampton will board buses at their stations for travel to Babylon where a train connection can be made for points west. Customers will board buses up to 47 minutes later than regular scheduled train times and will arrive up to 48 minutes later, depending on their destination.
The Sperry Rail Car, which will be performing the specialized track inspection, is a bright yellow vehicle fitted with ultrasonic and induction test equipment, and it’s designed to detect internal rail defects not readily visible to the eye. Defects that are found will be corrected immediately by a crew of LIRR track maintenance workers. The Sperry Rail Car is used twice a year to inspect approximately 500 miles of LIRR track.
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