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August 11 & 12: Buses Replace Weekend Trains between Ronkonkoma & Hicksville

Buses will replace weekend trains between Ronkonkoma and Hicksville on Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12, due to construction related to the Double Track project.  In addition, four early-morning trains on Monday, two eastbound and two westbound, will be replaced by buses.  To avoid busing & delays, customers are advised to consider using the Babylon, Montauk or Pt. Jefferson Branches this weekend.  Ronkonkoma Branch service will be affected as follows:



Monday Morning


For specific bus and train departure times, pick up a copy of the special Ronkonkoma Branch Trackwork Timetable, dated August 11 - 12, 2018 or click here.

Please plan ahead: Similar schedule changes will be in effect on the next two consecutive weekends, August 18-19 & August 25-26.

About the Double Track Project
The Double Track Project will improve service and reliability on the LIRR’s Ronkonkoma Branch, and reduce delays in the event of a service disruption. With only a single track for trains running in both directions along the 18-mile stretch between Ronkonkoma and Farmingdale, service halts when any issue arises, as all east and westbound trains have no way to operate around a disabled train.  Over the past 25 years, ridership on the Ronkonkoma Branch has doubled -- growing in popularity since the line was electrified in 1988 – indicating the need for expansion. This initiative will also spur economic activity, and improve LIRR service to LI MacArthur Airport.

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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