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Covert Avenue Grade Crossing Elimination Project

Weekend of August 24-25, 2019
No Train Service Between New Hyde Park & Hicksville

Over the weekend of August 24-25, the grade crossing at Covert Avenue in the Village of New Hyde Park will be eliminated and replaced with a newly constructed bridge that will hold three tracks, along with a two-lane grade-separated underpass and pedestrian sidewalk.

Please plan ahead. Special weekend timetables will be in effect for ALL branches on Saturday and Sunday, August 24-25.

Traveling on Friday Evening?

To avoid rerouting and up to 60 minutes of additional travel time due to the elimination of the Covert Avenue grade crossing in New Hyde Park, see the list below for final direct trains from Penn Station for the affected branches below.  For those attending tonight’s Mets game, connecting times at Woodside Station are provided.

Final Direct Train to Huntington/Port Jefferson:

  • Take the 11:39 PM train from Penn Station to Huntington. Transfer at Huntington for the 12:54 AM train from Huntington to Port Jefferson.
    Mets Fans: Take the 11:05 PM westbound train from Mets-Willets Point Station and transfer to this train at Woodside at 11:51 PM.

Final Direct Train to Ronkonkoma:

  • Take the 11:11 PM train from Penn Station to Ronkonkoma
    Mets Fans: Take the 11:05 PM westbound train from Mets-Willets Point Station and transfer to this train at Woodside at 11:22 PM.

Final Direct Train to Oyster Bay:

  • Take the 11:17 PM Babylon Branch train from Penn Station; transfer at Jamaica to the 11:41 PM train to Oyster Bay.
    Mets Fans: Take the 11:05 PM westbound train from Mets-Willets Point Station and transfer to this train at Woodside at 11:28 PM.

For project details, click here.

Summary of Weekend Service Changes

Service Levels:
Port Jefferson Branch:

Ronkonkoma Branch

Oyster Bay Branch

Hempstead Branch

All Other Branches

Service Patterns

Oyster Bay Branch:
Trains will operate between Oyster Bay and Mineola only.

Sunday morning only, 7:00 AM -11:00 AM: Buses replace trains between Locust Valley and Oyster Bay for the Runner’s Edge TOBAY Triathlon.

Port Jefferson/Ronkonkoma Branches:

Alternate Stations & Weekend

Parking Availability

Oyster Bay Branch
To reduce additional travel time and transfers, consider traveling via nearby stations on the Port Washington Branch:

Port Jefferson/Ronkonkoma Branches
To reduce additional travel time and transfers, consider traveling via the Hempstead, Babylon or Montauk branches. Key stations to consider for weekend parking include:

Pick up a special weekend timetable for your branch or click here:

Babylon Branch
Far Rockaway Branch
Hempstead Branch
Ronkonkoma Branch
Long Beach Branch
Montauk Branch
Oyster Bay Branch
Port Jefferson Branch
Port Washington Branch
West Hempstead Branch


Travel Tips

Covert Avenue is one of eight grade crossings that will be eliminated as part of the LIRR Expansion Project, which is adding a third track between Floral Park and Hicksville to increase service and improve reliability. Additional benefits include a safer and uninterrupted flow of traffic and reduced horn noise.

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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