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July 11-12: Grade Crossing Elimination Alters Weekend Schedules

No train service between New Hyde Park and Hicksville
Huntington/Port Jefferson and Ronkonkoma Branch Trains Diverted to South Shore

Special weekend timetables will be in effect for all branches on Saturday and Sunday, July 11 and 12, as we eliminate the New Hyde Park Road grade crossing, a major milestone for the LIRR Expansion Project.  The grade crossing will be replaced with a new bridge and superstructure, with vehicular traffic passing below the tracks via a new underpass (scheduled to open in early September).

To allow this work to proceed, the LIRR will suspend train service between Hicksville and New Hyde Park. Accordingly, there will be NO weekend train service at New Hyde Park, Merillon Avenue, Mineola, Carle Place and Westbury Stations, and major changes will be in effect on the Port Jefferson and Ronkonkoma Branches. On the Oyster Bay Branch, service will operate every two hours, and all trains will terminate/originate at East Williston Station.

Revised train routes will require westbound customers from Huntington, Port Jefferson and Ronkonkoma to board shuttle trains from Hicksville to Babylon, then connect with a train from Babylon to Penn Station.  This will add up to 60 minutes of additional travel time. Eastbound customers traveling to Huntington, Port Jefferson and Ronkonkoma will reverse the process and take a train from Penn Station to Babylon, transfer to a shuttle train to Hicksville, then transfer again to an eastbound train from Hicksville to points east.

For Oyster Bay Branch customers, free LIRR shuttle buses will transport customers between East Williston, Mineola and Hempstead. Service on the Hempstead Branch will be increased from hourly to half-hourly throughout the weekend to help accommodate affected customers. 

In addition, LIRR tickets will be cross-honored on the N22/24 bus routes for NICE Bus service between Hicksville and Mineola, and the N40/N41 bus routes for service between Mineola and Hempstead.  See for schedules.

Please plan ahead, as departure and arrival times for all weekend trains will be adjusted, as will departure times for connecting trains at Jamaica. In addition, some service changes will begin Friday evening and continue through early Monday morning.  To avoid delays and transfers, we strongly advise customers to use alternate branches, including the Babylon, Hempstead, Montauk or Port Washington Branches on Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 12.

Last Trains Before Start of Service Changes (Friday Night):



First Trains After Service Changes End (Monday Overnight/Morning):



Summary of Saturday and Sunday Service Changes
Port Jefferson Branch:

Ronkonkoma Branch

Oyster Bay Branch

 Hempstead Branch

All Other Branches

Printed trackwork timetables for July 11-12, 2020, will not be distributed. See below to view timetables:

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

The LIRR Expansion Project will add a third track along nearly 10 miles of right-of-way between Floral Park and Hicksville, increasing capacity, improving reliability and creating new service opportunities. Thank you for your patience while work is underway.

Travel Tips

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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