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Switch Replacement Project Alters Weekend Schedules September 7-8, 14-15 & 28-29

Saturdays: Train Service Suspended Between New Hyde Park and Hicksville; Multiple Branches Affected;
Sundays: Service Reduced on Huntington/Port Jefferson Branch; Other Branches Have Regular Weekend Service, with Adjusted Connections

As part of the LIRR’s state-of-good-repair efforts, switches at Nassau Interlocking in New Hyde Park will be replaced over several weekends, beginning with September 7-8 and 14-15 and continuing on September 28-29.   To allow this work to proceed, the LIRR will suspend train service between Hicksville and New Hyde Park for a 24-hour period on each weekend as two tracks are removed from service. Revised train routes will require westbound customers from Huntington, Port Jefferson and Ronkonkoma to take a train to Hicksville, then board a shuttle train to Babylon, for connections with trains to points west.  Eastbound customers will reverse the process.  There will be NO TRAIN SERVICE at New Hyde Park, Merillon Avenue, Westbury or Carle Place for 24 hours – and Mineola will only be served by trains operating to/from Oyster Bay. Busing will be available between Mineola and Hempstead, and Hempstead Branch service will be increased from hourly to half-hourly.

For the second 24-hour period, one of two tracks will be restored, and service will be available, although trains will operate less frequently.  To avoid delays and transfers, we advise customers to use alternate branches, including the Babylon, Hempstead, Montauk or Port Washington branches on these weekends.  Special schedules will be in effect on ALL LIRR branches on these weekends.  Major changes include:

Huntington/Port Jefferson Branch

Saturdays, September 7, 14 and 28:
On Saturdays, there will be NO train service between Hicksville and New Hyde Park. Customers are strongly advised to use the Babylon, Hempstead or Montauk branches on each of the three affected Saturdays.

Sundays, September 8, 15 and 29
On Sundays, trains will operate hourly between Penn Station and Huntington, and once every two hours between Huntington and Port Jefferson. Service changes will continue into early Monday morning.

Oyster Bay Branch

Saturdays, September 7, 14 and 28:
On Saturdays, trains will operate between Oyster Bay and Mineola only. Oyster Bay Branch customers are strongly advised to use the Port Washington or Hempstead branches on each of the three affected Saturdays.

Sundays, September 8, 15 and 29
On Sundays, weekend service between Oyster Bay and Jamaica/Penn Station will be available, with changes to some westbound departure times and connecting service.

Ronkonkoma Branch

Saturdays, September 7, 14 and 28:

On Saturdays, there will be NO train service between Hicksville and New Hyde Park. Customers are strongly advised to use the Babylon, Hempstead or Montauk branches on each of the three affected Saturdays.

Sundays, September 8, 15 and 29
On Sundays, weekend service between Ronkonkoma and Penn Station will be available, with changes to some connecting service.

Bethpage Station

Saturdays, September 7, 14 and 28

On each of the three Saturdays, Bethpage Station will be served solely by a diesel-powered shuttle train with bi-level cars that will operate between Hicksville, Bethpage and Babylon. Electric trains will not stop at Bethpage Station.  Track and platform changes will be in effect as follows:

Please plan ahead and allow additional time to safely cross the Stewart Avenue grade crossing when getting to/from the opposite station platform. Look for LIRR personnel and listen closely for any changes to boarding patterns.

Sundays, September 8, 15 and 29
On Sundays, direct weekend service between Bethpage and Penn Station will be available, with changes to some connecting service.

Remember: all LIRR branches will have special schedules on the affected weekends. Click on the links below to see the special weekend schedules for your branch:

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

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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