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Cherry Lane Bridge Installation Project

Weekend of June 1-2, 2019
No Train Service Between Hicksville & Mineola
Special Schedules in Effect for ALL Branches

In another milestone for the LIRR Expansion Project, the Cherry Lane Bridge in Carle Place will be replaced over the weekend of June 1-2. The new bridge will not only be wide enough to support a third track, but will also be raised more than a foot higher than the old bridge, to 14 feet, reducing the potential for service disruptions due to bridge strikes by over-height trucks.

All Ronkonkoma and Port Jefferson Branch trains pass over this bridge on a daily basis, and its replacement requires significant service changes. Demolition of the old span and installation of the new and improved bridge will require a 48-hour suspension of train service between Hicksville and Mineola. Customers are strongly urged to avoid the Ronkonkoma, and Port Jefferson Branches on Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2. Please use the Babylon, Hempstead or Montauk Branches to avoid delays that weekendPlease note that special weekend timetables will be in effect for ALL branches on Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2.

Summary of Weekend Service Changes

Huntington/Port Jefferson Branch
On Saturday and Sunday, westbound customers at stations Port Jefferson through Syosset will take trains to Hicksville, connect to a shuttle train from Hicksville to Babylon, then transfer to express trains from Babylon to Penn Station. These express trains will make limited stops between Babylon and Penn Station, including Jamaica, where customers can transfer for service to Atlantic Terminal. Eastbound customers traveling to stations Syosset through Port Jefferson will board trains from Penn Station to Babylon, connect with a shuttle train to Hicksville, then board an eastbound Port Jefferson Branch train. Trains between Hicksville and Port Jefferson will run every two hours instead of the usual 90-minute intervals. Service between Huntington and Hicksville will operate once per hour instead of the usual 30-minute intervals

Carle Place and Westbury Stations: No weekend train service.  We recommend that Carle Place and Westbury customers consider using the Mineola Station, which has parking at a modest fee (no permit required) in the Mineola Intermodal Center garage. Customers planning to use public transportation to reach Mineola Station may wish to consider the N22 and N24 NICE Bus routes as options. See nicebus.com for bus schedules.

Mineola Station: Train service available at hourly service intervals.

Ronkonkoma Branch
On Saturday and Sunday, westbound customers at stations Ronkonkoma through Farmingdale will take trains to Hicksville, 
connect to a shuttle train from Hicksville to Babylon, then transfer to express trains from Babylon to Penn Station. These express trains will make limited stops between Babylon and Penn Station, including Jamaica, where customers can transfer for service to Atlantic Terminal. Eastbound customers traveling to stations Farmingdale through Ronkonkoma will board trains from Penn Station to Babylon, connect with a shuttle train to Hicksville, then board an eastbound Ronkonkoma Branch train.

Bethpage Station: All service to and from Bethpage Station will be provided by the shuttle trains between Babylon and Hicksville.

Oyster Bay Branch: Train service available every two hours.

All Other Branches: Adjusted departure and arrival times due to changes in connecting service.

See special branch schedules dated June 1-2, 2019 for details or click on links below: 

Babylon Branch
Far Rockaway Branch
Hillside (Employees Only)
Hempstead Branch
Long Beach Branch
Montauk Branch
Oyster Bay Branch
Port Jefferson Branch
Port Washington Branch
Ronkonkoma Branch

West Hempstead Branch

Alternate Parking & Travel Options
To reduce additional travel time and transfers, consider traveling via the Hempstead, Babylon or Montauk branches, or directly from Mineola.

Key stations to consider for weekend parking include:
Mineola (NICE Bus service available: N22, N24)
Hempstead (NICE Bus service available: N27, N48, N49, N70, N71 and N72)
Freeport (NICE Bus service available: N40, N41and N43)
Merrick (No bus service available)

Travel Tips

Looking ahead, similar service changes will be required on other weekends this summer, as the LIRR installs a new bridge in Westbury to replace the street-level grade crossing at Urban Avenue, as well as a new bridge in New Hyde Park to replace the street-level grade crossing at Covert Avenue. 
Stay tuned for details.

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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