Montauk Weekday Midday Service Affected

LIRR riders who depend on weekday midday service on the Montauk line, please be aware that service will be affected until April 23rd due to grade crossing renewals & rail testing. Here are the complete details courtesy of a press release sent to me by the MTA Long Island Rail Road yesterday:

Buses will replace some trains on the Long Island Rail Road’s Montauk Branch midday weekdays through April 23 as tracks are inspected and tests are conducted on the rails between Babylon and Montauk and grade crossing renewal takes place in Bay Shore. Track inspections will be made by the Sperry Rail Car and the crossing work will take place between 8:31 AM and 3:31 PM through the period.

The Sperry Rail Car, a bright yellow vehicle fitted with ultrasonic and induction test equipment, is 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.

Eastbound:

• The 10:25 AM train from Babylon due in Patchogue at 10:55 AM and the 11:25 AM train from Babylon due in Speonk at 12:24 PM will be replaced by buses. Customers should anticipate up to 20 minutes additional travel time.

April 14 & April 15 Only:

• Customers on the 8:52 AM train from Babylon due in Montauk at 10:53 AM and the 12:10 PM train from Babylon due in Montauk at 2:19 PM will board buses at Patchogue Station to continue their trips to stations Bellport through Montauk. Customers should anticipate up to 40 minutes additional travel time.

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Westbound:

• Customers on the 12:12 PM from Patchogue due in Jamaica at 1:24 PM will board buses up to 28 minutes later at their stations and transfer to at train at Babylon to complete their trips. Customers should anticipate up to 56 minutes later arrival than normal.

• Customers on the 2:01 from Speonk due in Jamaica at 3:44 PM will board buses up to 22 minutes later at their stations and transfer to a train at Babylon. Customers should anticipate up to 46 minutes later arrival than normal.

April 14 & April 15 Only:

• Customers on the 11:22 AM train from Montauk due in Jamaica at 2:18 PM and the 2:51 PM train from Montauk due in Jamaica at 5:50 PM will board buses at their stations Montauk through Bellport up to 29 minutes later and transfer to trains at Babylon to complete their trips. Customers should anticipate up to 40 minutes additional travel time.

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Grade Crossing Renewal:

As the Sperry Rail testing is being conducted, renewal work will be conducted at the Penataquit Avenue grade crossing in Bay Shore. During the work rubber panels will be replaced with longer lasting concrete. Motorists should anticipate some traffic congestion during the work.

I apologize for not getting this up yesterday.

xoxo Transit Blogger

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