LIRR’s July 15 Timetable Changes Allow for LIRR Systemwide Summer Track Work
Crews to Work on LIRR Expansion Project, Continue to Upgrade Ties on Ronkonkoma Branch, Resurface Babylon Branch, Renew Lynbrook Station
Crews will be busy at work throughout the Long Island Rail Road this summer making infrastructure upgrades that will enable the railroad to improve service and ensure long-term service reliability. As a result of the work, the Long Island Rail Road is advising customers that new timetables go into effect July 15 with some changes lasting for seven weeks through Monday, September 2.
- On the Main Line between Floral Park and New Hyde Park, and between Carle Place and Hicksville, crews will continue to aggressively pursue track and infrastructure improvements that are part of the LIRR Expansion Project and will require tracks to periodically be taken out of service.
- On the Ronkonkoma Branch, crews will continue to install concrete ties, which are more reliable than the old wooden ties and will have a longer lifespan. Work began May 20 between Farmingdale and Wyandanch, and is now shifting to the area between Deer Park and Brentwood.
- On the Babylon Branch, crews will resurface track between Rockville Centre and Freeport, taking one track out of service at select times and locations. Crews will also continue to make Lynbrook station enhancements. For details on the Lynbrook station upgrades, please visit this link: http://www.amodernli.com/project/lynbrook-station-enhancement/
Because of this important work, these temporary service changes will be in effect.
Changes to departure times: On weekdays, some Ronkonkoma Branch peak trains, as well as most midday and overnight trains will depart up to 22 minutes earlier and 36 minutes later as more time is needed to operate through the work zone where concrete tie installation is underway. On weekends, some trains in the overnight/early morning hours will depart between 20 minutes earlier and 25 minutes later. Morning rush hour changes include:
- Train #2015: The 6:40 AM peak train from Ronkonkoma will depart 2 minutes later at 6:42 AM. The 8:00 AM Penn Station arrival time remains unchanged.
- Train #2035: The 8:31 AM peak train from Ronkonkoma will depart 5 minutes earlier at 8:26 AM. The 9:56 AM Penn Station arrival time remains unchanged.
Customers at Deer Park and Brentwood should be prepared for track changes. Once the work gets fully underway, passengers at Deer Park and Brentwood will need to be on the south platform (Platform B) in order to board all trains in both directions. The same will be true for some mid-day trains at Wyandanch at some points over this period as well. Platform changes will be announced by audio announcement and digital signs.
Huntington/Port Jefferson Branch
On weekdays between 10 AM and 2:30 PM, service to/from Port Jefferson will operate every two hours instead of every 90 minutes. On weekdays, the following off-peak trains will be canceled through Friday, August 30:
- Train #623: The 11:36 AM westbound train from Port Jefferson to Hicksville (arr. 12:44 PM) is canceled.
- Train #610: The 11:52 AM eastbound train from Huntington to Port Jefferson (arr. 12:38 PM) is canceled.
Midday Huntington trains will depart up to 21 minutes later. Some overnight weekend Huntington trains will depart between 10 minutes earlier and 8 minutes later in both directions.
Babylon Branch & Montauk Branch
Most midday Babylon Branch trains will depart between 10 minutes earlier and 6 minutes later, with connecting Montauk Branch trains adjusted accordingly. Overnight, some Babylon Branch trains will depart between 11 minutes earlier and 6 minutes later, with connecting Montauk Branch trains adjusted accordingly.
Long Beach & West Hempstead Branches
Westbound midday Long Beach Branch and West Hempstead Branch trains will depart 2 minutes earlier to ensure connections.
July 1 – August 30 Changes Related to Amtrak’s Penn Station Trackwork
All of the work mentioned above coincides with the continuation of Amtrak’s ongoing Penn Station State of Good Repair Work, which went into effect on July 1, where Amtrak crews are rebuilding tracks 14, 15 and 16 and switches east of these platforms. Schedule changes associated with Amtrak’s work in Penn continue through August 30 and are outlined in detail on this web page: http://web.mta.info/supplemental/lirr/july-01-2019-new-timetables-amtrak-renewal.htm
For more information, contact the LIRR’s Customer Service Center by calling 511 or 718-217-LIRR (718-217-5477). Automated schedule information is available 24/7. Agents are available to assist customers daily from 6 AM until 10 PM. To speak with an LIRR employee, say the word “Representative” when the prompts begin.
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