Success! New Bridge Installed Marks Milestone For Covert Avenue Grade Crossing Elimination Project
Over the weekend of August 24-25, the grade crossing at Covert Avenue in New Hyde Park was successfully eliminated and replaced with a new bridge and a two-lane underpass and pedestrian sidewalk, as part of the LIRR Expansion Project. We thank our customers for their patience while work was underway. Contractors will continue work to finish the roadway, set to be open this fall.
Learn more about the LIRR Expansion Project, and the more than 100 projects slated to transform and moderncize the LIRR, at aModernLI.com. You can also receive weekly project updates right to your inbox, by signing up here.
New Timetables Begin September 3
After Labor Day, new schedules will be in effect for all LIRR branches. Changes include restoration of rush hour trains that had been canceled or diverted due to the most recent phase of Amtrak’s track repairs in Penn Station. A westbound South Fork Commuter Connection train will be extended one stop further – to Westhampton - to meet customer demand. On weekends, four midday trains on the Oyster Bay Branch will be discontinued, bringing service to a consistent two-hourly service pattern. Trackwork, improvement projects and station renovations along the Babylon, Long Beach, Montauk and Ronkonkoma branches will result in schedule and track changes on both weekdays and weekends. Listed by branch, highlights of the changes include:
- The 6:56 AM train from Wantagh will resume operating to Penn Station and will no longer have an added Jamaica stop.
- The 7:10 AM train from Babylon to Penn Station will return to service.
- The 8:25 AM train from Freeport will resume operating to Penn Station.
- The 4:34 PM train from Penn Station to Babylon will return to service.
- The 5:19 PM train from Penn Station to Wantagh will return to service.
- The 5:40 PM train from Penn Station to Seaford will return to service.
- The temporary extra 3:31 PM Monday-Friday train from Penn Station to Babylon will resume operating only on Holiday Eves.
- The temporary extra eastbound train to Freeport, departing Hunterspoint Avenue at 7:02 PM, will be removed from the schedule.
Midday Service Changes: Some weekday midday, Off-Peak Babylon Branch trains will depart between 13 minutes earlier and 20 minutes later.
Far Rockaway Branch
- The 8:10 AM train from Far Rockaway to Penn Station will return to service.
- The 4:42 PM train from Penn Station to Far Rockaway will be restored (this train had been originating at Atlantic Terminal).
- The 5:32 PM train from Penn Station to Far Rockaway will be restored (this train had been originating at Jamaica).
- The 7:12 AM train from Hempstead will resume operating to Penn Station.
- The 5:04 PM train from Penn Station to Hempstead will be restored (this train had been originating at Jamaica).
- The 5:38 PM train from Penn Station to Hempstead will be restored (this train had been originating at Atlantic Terminal).
Long Beach Branch
- The 8:03 AM train from Long Beach will resume operating to Penn Station and will no longer have an added stop at Jamaica.
- The 6:18 AM train from Speonk to Penn Station will depart 3 minutes later at 6:21 AM, and will no longer stop at Massapequa Park, Massapequa or Seaford.
- The 3:05 PM Monday-Friday train from Speonk to Jamaica will operate only on Fridays through October 11.
- The 4:52 PM South Fork Commuter Connection train from Montauk to Hampton Bays will be extended one stop further to Westhampton.
- The 6:13 AM South Fork Commuter Connection train from Speonk to Amagansett will depart 3 minutes later at 6:16 AM.
- The 12:46 PM Monday-Friday train from Jamaica to Speonk will operate only on Fridays through October 11, departing at 12:31 PM.
- The 6:27 PM train from Penn Station to Speonk will no longer operate as a direct dual-mode train Monday-Thursday. Instead, this train will operate as a single level electric train from Penn Station to Babylon, where customers will connect with the Speonk-bound train.
Oyster Bay Branch
- On weekends, four midday trains will be discontinued, bringing service to a consistent 2-hourly service pattern.
Port Jefferson Branch
Midday Service Changes: Some weekday midday Huntington trains will depart up to 19 minutes earlier.
Overnight Service Changes: Some weekday overnight Huntington trains will depart between 6 minutes earlier and 18 minutes later.
- The 6:54 AM train from Central Islip will resume operating to Penn Station.
- The temporary extra 1:32 PM train from Penn Station to Ronkonkoma will resume operating only on Holiday Eves, and will depart at 1:42 PM.
Off-Peak Service Changes: Some weekday off-peak Ronkonkoma trains will depart between 30 minutes earlier and 32 minutes later.
Overnight Service Changes: Some weekday overnight Ronkonkoma trains will depart between 6 minutes earlier and 18 minutes later.
For complete details, pick up a copy of the new timetable for your branch, dated September 3, 2019 or click here.
Labor Day Service
On the afternoon of Friday, August 30, eight extra eastbound trains will be provided for customers getting away early for the last official weekend of summer. Trains will depart Penn Station for service to Babylon, Far Rockaway, Hicksville, Huntington and Great Neck. Trains will operate on a Sunday/holiday schedule on Monday, September 2, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. Please note: the usual Sunday afternoon westbound trains from Montauk and the Hamptons will not operate on Sunday, September 1, but will instead run on Labor Day, Monday, September 2.
Weekdays, September 3 – October 11: Montauk Branch
Buses will replace some midday trains between Babylon and Speonk and some schedule times will be adjusted, starting on Tuesday, September 3, through Friday, October 11, to accommodate a track tie replacement project as well as a track-testing program. These efforts will help to modernize LIRR infrastructure as well as ensure the safety and reliability of the rails.
Weekends of September 7-8, 14-15 & 28-29; Huntington/Port Jefferson, Ronkonkoma and Oyster Bay Branches
As part of the LIRR’s state-of-good-repair efforts, switches at Nassau Interlocking in New Hyde Park will be replaced over several weekends, beginning with September 7-8 and 14-15 and continuing on September 28-29. To allow this work to proceed, the LIRR will suspend train service between Hicksville and New Hyde Park for a 24-hour period on each weekend as two tracks are removed from service. Revised train routes will require westbound customers from Huntington, Port Jefferson and Ronkonkoma to take a train to Hicksville, then board a shuttle train to Babylon, where they will connect with trains to points west. Eastbound customers will reverse the process. There will be NO TRAIN SERVICE at New Hyde Park, Merillon Avenue, Westbury or Carle Place for 24 hours – and Mineola will only be served by trains operating to/from Oyster Bay. Busing will be available between Mineola and Hempstead, and Hempstead Branch service will be increased from hourly to half-hourly. For the second 24-hour period, one of two tracks will be restored, and service will be available, although trains will operate less frequently. To avoid delays and transfers, we advise customers to use south shore branches, including the Babylon, Hempstead or Montauk Branches, on these weekends. Special schedules will be in effect on ALL LIRR branches on these weekends.
Weekend of September 21-22; Long Beach Branch
Buses will replace trains between Long Beach and Valley Stream for 48 hours on the weekend of September 21-22, as LIRR forces perform signal work related to Superstorm Sandy restoration efforts, in addition to maintenance on the Reynold’s Channel Bridge, which connects Island Park and Long Beach. Look for a special Long Beach Branch weekend timetable as these dates draw near.
Weekend of September 21-22: Huntington/Port Jefferson Branch Worked Rescheduled for October
To ensure the continuing safety and reliability of the rails, the LIRR will perform ultrasonic tests on the Port Jefferson Branch on the weekend of September 21-22. As a result, buses will replace trains between Greenlawn and Port Jefferson. Rail testing will be performed using the Sperry Rail Car, a bright yellow, self-propelled train car equipped with ultrasonic and induction test equipment. It is designed to detect internal rail defects that are not visible to the naked eye. Defects that are found will be corrected immediately by a crew of LIRR track maintenance workers.
Hurricane season brings high winds, heavy rain, and dangerous lightning which can result in flooding, fallen trees, downed power lines and even mudslides along our right-of-way. We can’t stop the weather’s worst from happening, but we have several operating plans at the ready, depending on the weather’s impact. That may include shutting down the Railroad before a storm’s arrival. If conditions are severe enough, our only option may be to reduce or suspend train service temporarily. When the storm is over, we know you want us to return to regular service immediately, and we will do our best to recover quickly. Please keep in mind that sometimes getting back to normal takes time. We may need to repair our tracks, signal and power systems, or train cars due to storm damage. We may also need to reposition employees and equipment before restoring service. Here are some tips on how you can keep up with the latest travel information from the LIRR in the event of a severe storm:
- Sign up for email/text alerts at www.mymtaalerts.com
- Check www.mta.info/lirr for updates. If severe weather requires us to alter service, we will post the information on our web site. (Also be sure to keep a current branch timetable handy. It will give you a frame of reference for train departure times if you don’t have power to your computer.)
- Get the LIRR TrainTime® app for real-time train status and schedule information.
- Listen to radio and television news reports.
- Call our Customer Service Center at 511 or 718-217-LIRR (718-217-5477).
Join Us for Long Island's 7th Annual Car Free Day
Leave your car home or take it off the road on Friday, September 20, 2019. Join in this worldwide movement to celebrate sustainable transportation on Car Free Day.
Using cars less by taking advantage of alternative transportation modes will build awareness, reduce traffic, conserve energy, reduce harmful emissions, reduce parking problems and save money.
Last year, 7,325 Long Islanders pledged to be car free or car-lite, resulting in the avoidance of 145,000 miles of driving and 73 tons of CO2 emissions!
This year’s program is sponsored by the LIRR in cooperation with many prominent local businesses, Chambers of Commerce and municipalities.
Back to School Shopping:
Wineries & Breweries:
- Northfolk Apple & Cider (escorted tour) Saturdays: August 31 & September 21, 2019
Nursing Moms: We're Ready For You!
Earlier this month, the LIRR introduced the first public lactation pod in the MTA system, aimed to make it easier for on-the-go moms to breastfeed or pump. The pod, conveniently located in the LIRR Customer Waiting Room at Penn Station, is ADA-accessible, and available upon request to the waiting room attendant.
Take the LIRR to the US Open
Attention tennis fans: Port Washington Branch trains are making extra stops at Mets-Willets Point for this year’s U.S. Open Tennis Tournament (August 26 - September 8). Customers traveling to the U.S. Open from eastern Long Island should take the LIRR to Woodside, then transfer to an eastbound Port Washington train and ride one stop to Mets-Willets Point. For U.S. Tennis Open and schedule information, visit our website or call us at 511 or 718-217-LIRR (718-217-5477).
I just want to give a shout out to the conductor on the 7:15 AM train from Bayside to Penn in car 7317. He always says “Good Morning” and “Thank you” and reminds the people this is a quiet car. He does a great job. – Emily on Twitter
Conductor #6560 is awesome. 6:27 Penn to Speonk. Best I’ve seen in a long time. – Above the Clouds on Twitter
@LIRR # Kudo # Professional # Good Job. The conductor on car number 7671 did a great job with their team despite the mechanical problems today. – Den on Twitter
I left a bag in the ladies room for maybe 3 minutes. When I went back it was gone. I checked with Lost & Found and it wasn’t turned in. The next day I went to the Lost & Found and to my amazement it was there intact. Thank you for returning it and for your help. – Corrine by Comment Card
Yesterday I forgot my handbag with my credit cards and cash inside on the train. Fortunately a good Samaritan found it and turned it over to the police. I picked it up yesterday and everything was intact. Nothing was missing. I want to thank the LIRR and the Police for retrieving my belongings. I will never forget the good deed. Thank you so much. – Aminata via Comment Card.
On July 5th, my husband had work and I had off. We stayed at his sister’s place in the city, but we live in Long Island. So, I was taking the 10:16 AM train home and my husband headed to work but gave me one of his backpacks to take home. I got on the train and placed the backpack up top. I had an hour train ride home, got off the train and FORGOT his backpack. When I picked my husband up later, he asked where his backpack was and my heart dropped. I called MTA and they were super helpful. I was so blown away and impressed by the Long Island Rail Road that day. – Patricia from Bay Shore via Comment Card
My husband realized he lost his cell phone when we were changing trains in Jamaica, headed to Patchogue. I called the phone and a lady answered saying she was taking it to LIRR Lost & Found at 4:00 PM. At 6:30 PM a lady called from LIRR Lost & Found to confirm they had the phone and I could pick it up. The next day, 7/31/2019, I returned to Penn Station and asked for the phone. Although it was difficult to locate, the staff there at 1:30 PM went the extra mile to figure out where it was stored, including calling the person who was not on duty but had called me the night before. All were so helpful and nice and made sure we recovered the phone. Kudos to all! – Lisa from Texas via Comment Card.
Please heed the lowered gates, flashing lights and ringing bells at railroad crossings, as they warn of a train’s imminent approach. If there are two tracks, expect a second train. Wait for the gates to rise before crossing to the other side.
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