New Timetables Starting September 4
After Labor Day, completion of East Side Access work in the northeast quadrant of Harold Interlocking, and a temporary hiatus in Amtrak’s Penn Station repairs, means restoration of rush hour trains that had been canceled or diverted. In addition, progress on the Double Track Project will allow restoration of some trains on the Ronkonkoma Branch starting Tuesday, September 4. Highlights include:
• The 6:56 AM train from Wantagh, which was diverted to Atlantic Terminal, will operate to Penn Station.
• The 7:41 AM train from Merrick, which was diverted to Hunterspoint Avenue, will operate to Penn Station.
• The 5:38 PM train from Penn Station to Hempstead will be restored (this train had been originating from Atlantic Terminal at 5:46 PM).
Long Beach Branch
• The 8:03 AM train from Long Beach will operate to Penn Station (this train had been diverted to Atlantic Terminal).
• The 5:39 AM train from Montauk will operate to Hunterspoint Avenue/Long Island City (this train had been terminating at Jamaica).
Port Washington Branch
• The 8:45 AM train from Port Washington to Penn Station will be restored to the schedule.
• The 4:22 PM train from Penn Station to Port Washington will be restored to the schedule.
• The 5:26 PM train from Penn Station to Port Washington will be restored to the schedule.
• The 7:01 PM train from Penn Station to Port Washington will be restored to the schedule.
• The 5:11 AM off-peak train from Penn Station will again stop at Central Islip and Ronkonkoma. This train was temporarily terminating at Brentwood.
• The 7:37 AM off-peak train from Penn Station to Ronkonkoma will add stops at Bethpage and Wyandanch.
• The 7:04 AM peak train from Ronkonkoma will be restored. This train temporarily originated in Brentwood.
• The 4:46 PM off-peak train from Ronkonkoma to Penn Station will add stops at Brentwood and Wyandanch.
For complete details, pick up a copy of the new timetable for your branch, dated September 4, 2018 or visit
- LIRR Main Line Expansion Project - elimination of 7 grade crossings and construction of a third track between Hicksville and Floral Park.
- Moynihan Station - transformation of the Farley Post Office Building into a new rail terminal.
- East Side Access - installation of signals for new tracks in Queens that will lead to new LIRR terminal under Grand Central Terminal.
- Jamaica Capacity Improvements - construction of an additional platform at Jamaica Station.
- Positive Train Control - installation of technology that will prevent train accidents.
Safety Delineators Installed at all 296 Grade Crossings
Five months ahead of schedule, LIRR personnel recently completed the installation of reflective safety delineators at all 296 grade crossings, an effort to prevent motorists from making a wrong turn onto the tracks. The LIRR is also partnering with the GPS navigation app Waze to notify drivers of approaching railroad crossings.
LIRR Escorted Tours – Fall is beautiful on Long Island
- Wine Country – 9/8, 10/27
- Montauk Lighthouse – 9/15, 10/6
- North Fork Apple and Cider – 9/22
- Greenport Lighthouse and Seal Watching Cruise – 9/29
- Bike Long Island – thru 9/30
- Great South Bay Kayak and Paddle Board
- Nautical Mile – thru 10/28
- Bethpage Golf and Tennis
- Bethpage Polo at the Park
Info on all of these packages can be found here.
Upcoming Service Changes
Track work on the Ronkonkoma and Montauk branches will impact travel for some off-peak customers. For details, check the special timetable for your branch at www.mta.info/lirr or pick up a printed copy at your home station or any LIRR terminal as the date for each project draws near. Here’s what to expect:
Montauk Branch – Middays/Weekdays Starting September 4
Buses will replace off-peak weekday morning and afternoon trains east of Patchogue from Tuesday, September 4 through Friday, November 9, as state-of-good-repair trackwork is performed.
Ronkonkoma – Weekends of September 8-9 & September 15-16
Buses will replace trains between Hicksville and Ronkonkoma for 48 hours over the weekends of September 8-9 and September 15-16 as final work is performed on the Double Track project, a project to improve service and reliability along the 13-mile stretch between Farmingdale and Ronkonkoma. To avoid busing and delays, consider using the Babylon, Montauk or Port Jefferson Branches on these weekends.
Did You Know?
Sayville Station is a good travel alternative for those who typically commute from Ronkonkoma. The station is located only 5.5 miles south of Ronkonkoma. Tickets cost the same and are interchangeable. Parking at Sayville is free and unrestricted.
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.
One seat per person please!
Store luggage and packages in the overhead racks or under your feet, so other customers can find a seat. Never let your belongings take up valuable seat space.
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