Weekend Long Island Rail Road service on the Long Beach branch will resume starting Sunday, and 80 percent of trains will be operating for Monday morning's rush, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday.
The restoration brings the LIRR to a near-normal schedule on all of its 11 branches for the first time since Sandy hit the region. The storm knocked out service to Long Beach, which was hit hard by the storm.
“The Long Island Rail Road’s Long Beach Branch was not spared the devastation that was brought upon Long Beach and the surrounding communities by Sandy,” Cuomo said. “I commend the intensive efforts made by the LIRR to clean, repair and replace the critical components in the flood-damaged electrical substations and signal equipment to restore the vital transportation link the railroad provides as these hard-hit communities begin to rebuild.”
The first Long Beach-bound train will depart Jamaica at 1:32 a.m. Sunday. The first train originating from Long Beach will leave at 3:53 a.m. Sunday.
Off-peak and weekend fares will be charged on the Long Beach branch Sunday, but customers with a November monthly ticket who may have been displaced by the storm will still be able to use their monthly ticket on all other LIRR branches until Dec. 1.