Slow and Steady: LIRR Schedule Still Full of Changes for Thursday Rush

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    NEWSLETTERS

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    Long Island Rail Road employees work on the train tracks at the Jamaica station in the Queens borough of New York, Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010. An electrical fire Monday in a switching tower had halted train service for four hours and disrupted the evening commute. The LIRR canceled some trains Tuesday morning and said it could take several days to make repairs. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

    The Long Island Rail Road is advising customers to expect significant schedule changes and delays during Thursday’s morning and evening rush hours (August 26) as a result of damage to a major switching tower at Jamaica Station caused by a cable fire on Monday morning.

    Thursday AM Service Plan – Aug. 26 – Eastbound & Westbound

    While the Thursday AM Rush service plan includes cancellation of 33 westbound AM rush hour trains, the LIRR will be running 75 percent of the 144 trains that normally operate. However, there will be residual delays from added station stops. Customers will be able to exit or board trains at Jamaica Station, however trains stopping at Jamaica will not be held for scheduled connections to/from Penn Station, Atlantic Terminal, Hunterspoint Avenue, and Long Island City. LIRR station personnel will be available at Jamaica to assist customers with service information.
     

    Westbound AM Service Plan

    LIRR service on the Port Washington Branch will operate normally.

    There is no train service between West Hempstead and Valley Stream – bus service will be provided for train service at Valley Stream.

    There will be no westbound train service from St. Albans – bus service will be provided between St. Albans and Jamaica

    The modified plan also includes service changes for the eastbound (reverse) AM Rush.

    Westbound AM Peak Train Cancellations - Thursday, Aug. 26:

    The following westbound AM Rush trains will be canceled in the modified service plan:

    Port Jefferson Branch

    The 5:59 AM Port Jefferson train due in Hunterspoint Ave at 7:41 AM
    The 6:45 AM Port Jefferson train due in Hunterspoint Ave at 8:30 AM

    Huntington

    The 6:38 AM Huntington train due in Atlantic Terminal at 7:36 AM
    The 7:12 AM Huntington train due in Penn Station at 8:10 AM
    The 7:28 AM Cold Spring Harbor train due in Penn Station at 8:25 AM

    Hicksville

    The 6:25 AM Hicksville train due in Penn Station at 7:11 AM

    Ronkonkoma Branch

    The 6:57 AM Farmingdale train due in Penn Station at 7:48 AM
    The 7:04 AM Ronkonkoma train due in Penn Station at 8:19 AM
    The 7:19 AM Ronkonkoma train due in Penn Station at 8:28 AM

    Babylon Branch

    The 5:18 AM Wantagh train due in Penn Station at 6:08 AM
    The 6:15 AM Babylon train due in Atlantic Terminal at 7:27 AM
    The 6:57 AM Freeport train due in Penn Station at 7:40 AM
    The 7:29 AM Freeport train due in Penn Station at 8:13 AM
    The 8:10 AM Freeport train due in Penn Station at 8:50 AM
    The 8:16 AM Babylon train due in Penn Station at 9:31 AM
    The 8:25 AM Freeport train due in Penn Station at 9:08 AM
    The 8:35 AM Babylon train due in Penn Station at 9:37 AM

    Long Beach Branch

    The 6:54 AM Long Beach train due in Atlantic Terminal 7:49 AM
    The 8:03 AM Long Beach train due in Penn Station at 8:54 AM

    Hempstead Branch

    The 6:21 AM Hempstead train due in Atlantic Terminal at 7:08 AM

    The 6:58 AM Hempstead train due in Penn Station at 7:52 AM
    The 8:45 AM Hempstead train due in Atlantic Terminal at 9:34 AM

    Far Rockaway Branch
    The 7:18 AM Far Rockaway train due in Atlantic Terminal at 8:11 AM
    The 8:03 AM Valley Stream train due in Penn Station at 8:42 AM
    The 8:10 AM Far Rockaway train due in Penn Station at 9:05 AM

    Montauk Branch
    The 7:12 AM Speonk train due in Hunterspoint Ave at 9:11 AM

    Oyster Bay Branch
    The 6:29 AM train from Oyster Bay due in Jamaica at 7:24 AM
    The 7:41 AM train from Oyster Bay due in Hunterspoint Avenue at 8:55 AM

    West Hempstead Branch
    The 5:37 AM train from West Hempstead due in Valley Stream at 5:52 AM
    The 6:53 AM train from West Hempstead due in Atlantic Terminal at 7:41 AM
    The 7:16 AM train from West Hempstead due in Atlantic Terminal at 8:03 AM
    The 7:36 AM train from West Hempstead due in Penn Station at 8:29 AM
    The 8:28 AM train from West Hempstead due in Atlantic Terminal at 9:16 AM


    Eastbound AM (Reverse Peak) Service Plan:
    LIRR eastbound, reverse peak service from Atlantic Terminal and Penn Station is expected to operate at regularly scheduled times; however customers should anticipate delays en-route.

    There is no eastbound train service from Jamaica to Locust Manor, Laurelton and Rosedale -- bus service will be provided.


    Thursday PM Service Plan – Aug. 26 – Eastbound & Westbound

    The LIRR’s modified PM Service Plan for Thursday provides about 68% of the LIRR’s regular 127 trains during the evening rush hour (between 4 PM and 8 PM). Customers are advised to expect canceled trains, and delays. Customers will be able to exit or board trains at Jamaica Station, however trains making scheduled stops at Jamaica will not be held for scheduled connections from Penn Station, Atlantic Terminal, Hunterspoint Avenue, and Long Island City. LIRR station personnel will be available at Jamaica to assist customers with service information.

    To avoid overcrowding at Penn Station and Jamaica, MTA Police will carefully monitor and regulate, if necessary, the number of people entering the LIRR section of Penn Station and/or Jamaica Station, allowing customers access as trains become available.

    LIRR station personnel are available at Penn Station, Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn and Jamaica Station to assist customers with service information. The LIRR appreciates the patience and understanding of our customers.


    Eastbound PM Service Plan

    Regular service will be offered to Port Washington, so customers may want to consider taking that branch if they can make alternate arrangements for the remainder of their trip home.

    Aside from the regular Port Washington service, the evening rush hour service from Penn Station will consist of dedicated trains making local stops to Huntington/Port Jefferson, Ronkonkoma/Greenport, Long Beach, Babylon and Montauk. Customers are advised to board trains that do not require a change at Jamaica.

    LIRR is offering Hempstead and Far Rockaway-bound trains only from Atlantic Terminal in downtown Brooklyn, which can be reached by subway. There will be no Hempstead and Far Rockaway service from Penn Station.

    LIRR customers are also advised of service changes if heading for the following destinations as detailed below:

    · Oyster Bay: Travel to Mineola for connections to all Oyster Bay branch stops.
    · West Hempstead: Travel to Valley Stream where buses will be available to take them onto to their home stations.
    · Patchogue, Speonk and Montauk: Customers can connect to those trains at Babylon.

    There is no train service between Valley Stream and West Hempstead -- bus service will be provided for train service at Valley Stream.

    There will be no eastbound train service from St. Albans -- bus service will be provided between St. Albans and Jamaica.


    Eastbound PM Peak Train Cancellations for Thursday, Aug. 26:

    The following eastbound PM Rush trains will be canceled Thursday, August 26 in the modified service plan:

    Long Beach Branch:

    The 4:15 PM from NY due in Long Beach 5:08 PM
    The 5:00 PM from NY due in Long Beach 5:55 PM
    The 5:55 PM from NY due in Long Beach 6:51 PM

    Hempstead Branch:

    The 4:32 PM from NY due in Hempstead 5:23 PM
    The 5:04 PM from NY due in Hempstead 5:57 PM
    The 5:38 PM from NY due in Hempstead 6:36 PM
    The 5:51 PM from NY due in Hempstead 6:46 PM
    The 6:39 PM from NY due in Hempstead 7:33 PM
    The 7:05 PM from NY due in Hempstead 7:56 PM

    Far Rockaway Branch:

    The 4:42 PM from NY due in Far Rockaway 5:40 PM
    The 5:32 PM from NY due in Far Rockaway 6:24 PM
    The 6:02 PM from NY due in Far Rockaway 6:58 PM

    Oyster Bay Branch:

    The 4:18 PM from Hunterspoint Avenue due in Oyster Bay 5:30 PM
    The 6:00 PM from Jamaica due in Oyster Bay 6:58 PM

    Babylon Branch:

    The 3:34 PM from NY due in Wantagh 4:29 PM
    The 4:04 PM from NY due in Babylon at 5:05 PM
    The 4:16 PM from Atlantic Terminal due in Babylon at 5:28 PM
    The 4:34 PM from NY due in Babylon at 5:39 PM
    The 4:52 PM from NY due in Babylon at 5:55 PM
    The 5:19 PM from NY due in Wantagh at 6:06 PM
    The 5:40 PM from NY due in Seaford at 6:30 PM
    The 6:05 PM from NY due in Wantagh at 6:51 PM
    The 6:33 PM from NY due in Babylon at 7:35 PM
    The 7:41 PM from NY due in Babylon at 8:55 PM

    Ronkonkoma Branch:
    The 4:34 PM from Atlantic Terminal due Ronkonkoma 5:57 PM
    The 7:11 PM from NY due Ronkonkoma 8:33 PM

    Port Jefferson Branch:
    The 5:47 PM from Hunterspoint Ave. due in Port Jefferson at 7:30 PM
    The 6:08 PM from Hunterspoint Ave. due in Port Jefferson at 8:00 PM

    Huntington:
    The 2:54 PM from NY due in Huntington at 3:59 PM
    The 4:01 PM from NY due in Huntington at 5:07 PM
    The 5:06 PM from NY due in Huntington at 6:07PM
    The 5:29 PM from Atlantic Terminal due in Huntington at 6:28 PM
    The 6:56 PM from NY due in Huntington at 8:04 PM

    Hicksville:

    The 5:33 PM from NY due Hicksville 6:29 PM
    The 6:01 PM from NY due Hicksville 6:45 PM
    The 6:35 PM from NY due Hicksville 7:22 PM

    West Hempstead Branch:

    The 4:20 PM from Atlantic Terminal due in West Hempstead 5:06 PM
    The 5:06 PM from Atlantic Terminal due in West Hempstead 5:53 PM
    The 5:35 PM from Atlantic Terminal due in West Hempstead 6:22 PM
    The 6:18 PM from Atlantic Terminal due in West Hempstead 7:07 PM
    The 7:23 PM from Atlantic Terminal due in West Hempstead 8:10 PM

    Hunterspoint Avenue:

    (Note: the following canceled trains from Hunterspoint Avenue are included in the
    branch listings above):

    The 4:18 PM from Hunters Point Avenue due in Oyster Bay 5:30 PM
    The 5:47 PM from Hunterspoint Ave. due in Port Jefferson at 7:30 PM
    The 6:08 PM from Hunterspoint Ave. due in Port Jefferson at 8:00 PM


    Westbound PM Service Plan

    Westbound (Reverse Peak) Service:

    LIRR westbound, reverse peak service to Atlantic Terminal and Penn Station is expected to operate at regularly scheduled times; however customers should anticipate delays en-route.

    There is no train service between Valley Stream and West Hempstead – bus service will be provided for train service at Valley Stream.

    There is no westbound train service from Locust Manor, Laurelton and Rosedale to Jamaica, bus service will be provided.

    Westbound (Reverse Peak) Train Cancellations for Thurs., Aug. 26:

    West Hempstead Branch Westbound cancellations:
    The 4:02 PM from West Hempstead due in Atlantic Terminal 4:47 PM
    The 5:48 PM from Jamaica due in Atlantic Terminal 6:06 PM
    The 6:30 PM from West Hempstead due in Jamaica 6:56 PM

    Hempstead Branch Westbound cancellations:

    The 5:41 PM from Hempstead due Penn Station at 6:33 PM
    The 8:01 PM from Hempstead due Atlantic Terminal at 8:55 PM

    Service Updates:

    The LIRR will continue to provide updated Service Advisories as repairs progress. Customers should monitor the LIRR’s website (at www.mta.info/lirr) for these updates.

    For up-to-date travel service information, customers can also contact the LIRR’s 24-hour Travel Information Center in Suffolk County at 631-231-LIRR, in Nassau County at 516-822-LIRR or in New York City at 718-217-LIRR. The Travel Information Center’s TDD telephone number for the hearing impaired is 718-558-3022.

    Customers can also text schedule request to CooCoo (266266).