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September 8-9 & 15-16: Buses Replace Weekend Trains between Ronkonkoma & Hicksville

Use Babylon, Montauk or Port Jeff Branches To Avoid Busing & Delays

Buses will replace weekend trains between Ronkonkoma and Hicksville for two consecutive weekends, September 8-9 and September 15-16 due to construction related to the Double Track project. The LIRR is advising customers to use the Babylon, Montauk or Huntington/Port Jefferson Branches on these weekends to avoid busing and delays.  Ronkonkoma Branch service will be affected as follows:

Weekend
Westbound

Eastbound

In addition, on Monday, September 10 and Monday, September 17, four early morning trains (two eastbound and two westbound) will be replaced by buses.  Details are shown below:

Monday Morning
Eastbound

Westbound

For specific bus and train departure times, pick up a copy of the special Ronkonkoma Branch Trackwork Timetable, dated September 8-9 & 15 & 16 or click here.

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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