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Starting Monday, January 6: New Timetables Reflect Changes Due to Amtrak’s Penn Station Renewal

Morning & Evening Rush Hour Trains Affected; To Offset the Changes, 3 Trains Being Added and Select Trains to be Lengthened

MTA Long Island Rail Road service will be modified starting Monday, January 6, 2020 as Amtrak, which owns and operates Penn Station, will be taking tracks out of service to perform the next phase of their critical track repairs.  Work will primarily focus on Track 14, which will be out of service for construction.  The resulting reduction in Penn Station capacity will impact trains starting Monday, January 6 and continuing through Sunday, March 8.  Four morning rush-hour trains to Penn Station and three evening rush-hour trains from Penn Station will be diverted to/from Atlantic Terminal or Jamaica. In addition, one morning rush-hour train will be combined, two evening rush-hour trains will be combined, with subsequent trains scheduled to depart within six to 11 minutes of the canceled trains; the combined trains will make stops at all affected stations. To reduce the impact of these changes, the LIRR is adding three extra afternoon/evening trains, and is adding cars to select trains to increase seating capacity.

Highlights of the changes effective Monday, January 6 are listed below:

Babylon Branch

Far Rockaway Branch

Hempstead Branch

Long Beach Branch

Port Jefferson Branch

Port Washington Branch

Ronkonkoma Branch

Several AM Peak trains on the Ronkonkoma Branch will be restored to their prior schedule east of Hicksville following the end of speed restrictions in areas prone to slippery rail/low-adhesion conditions. The affected trains are:  

West Hempstead Branch

Other Temporary Schedule Adjustments starting January 6:

Huntington/Port Jefferson and Ronkonkoma Branches – During midday off-peak hours, during overnights and on weekends, one of two tracks along the Main Line between New Hyde Park and Hicksville will be out of service to allow for work on the LIRR Expansion Project. Some Huntington trains will depart 11-19 minutes later. Some Ronkonkoma Branch will depart up to 18 minutes earlier or 30 minutes later than usual.

Babylon, Far Rockaway, Long Beach, Montauk and West Hempstead branches - To allow for Lynbrook Station Improvements being made in coordination with post-Superstorm Sandy Long Beach Branch infrastructure restoration and resiliency work, one of two tracks will be out of service during weekday middays between Valley Stream and Long Beach and between Valley Stream and Rockville Centre. As a result of this work, departure times for some the weekday midday trains on the Babylon, Far Rockaway, Long Beach, Montauk and West Hempstead branches will be adjusted between 1 minute and 14 minutes.

All branches will have some off-peak service adjustments related to various construction/improvement projects including the LIRR Expansion Project, Lynbrook Station Improvements, Positive Train Control (PTC) Installation, East Side Access work in Harold Interlocking, West Side Yard Overbuild, Long Beach Superstorm Sandy Restoration work, and Jamaica Capacity Improvements. New timetables dated January 6, 2020 will be in effect for all branches.

Pick up a copy of the new timetables at stations and terminals, or view pdf copies on the web below:

City Terminal Zone
Far Rockaway
Forest Hills & Kew Gardens
Long Beach

Oyster Bay
Port Jefferson
Port Washington
West Hempstead



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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