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LIRR train service expected normal by Monday

March 22, 2013 4:38:34 AM PDT
Crews are working to repair the track damaged by a derailed train, and service is expected to be normal on Monday.

The damage from the non-passenger train is extensive, and it is causing headaches for commuters, but there is finally an end in sight.

About 3,700 feet of track was damaged on one of the LIRR's crucial tracks between Jamaica and Penn Stations in the derailment, which happened west of Jamaica near the Forest Hills station. That means only three tracks to the city are operational, and repairs take longer when workers have to move out of the way of oncoming trains.

Approximately 50 percent of the 1,600 damaged concrete railroad ties have been replaced as of Thursday. The work is expected to be completed by Friday night.

The LIRR says 11 trains will be canceled during the morning rush hour commute through Friday. Five trains will be diverted from Penn Station to Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn, while four other trains will only go as far as Jamaica.

During the evening rush hour, LIRR says it is canceling seven trains. It will also end one of the trains at Jamaica.

Off-peak trains are not affected.

The cause of the derailment remains under investigation.

Here is a breakdown of the train changes:

AM PEAK

The following AM Peak trains will be cancelled or diverted on through Friday, March 22. Customers should anticipate delays and allow for extra travel time.

Babylon Branch

  • The 5:56 AM train from Babylon, due Penn at 6:59 AM, will be diverted to Atlantic Terminal.
  • The 6:14AM train from Massapequa Park, due Penn at 7:08 AM, is canceled. Customers will be accommodated by the 6:12 AM train from Babylon to Penn, which will make an added stop at Rockville Centre; and the 6:26 AM train from Massapequa Park to Penn.
  • The 6:31AM train from Lindenhurst, due Penn at 7:33 AM, is canceled. Customers will be accommodated by the 6:32 AM train from Babylon, due Penn at 7:37 AM.
  • The 6:57 AM train from Freeport due Penn at 7:40 AM is canceled. Customers will be accommodated by the 6:56AM train from Wantagh due Penn at 7:43 AM, making added stops at Freeport, Baldwin and Rockville Centre.
  • The 7:29 AM train from Freeport, due Penn at 8:13 AM, is canceled. Customers will be accommodated by the 7:26 AM train from Wantagh, due Penn at 8:16 AM, making an added stop at Freeport; and by the 7:10 AM train from Babylon, due Penn at 8:20 AM, which will make added stops at Baldwin and Rockville Centre.
  • The 7:48 AM train from Wantagh, due Penn at 8:40 AM, is canceled. Customers will be accommodated by the 7:29 AM train from Babylon, due Atlantic Terminal at 8:43 AM; and the 8:10 AM train from Freeport due in Penn at 8:50 AM.
  • The 7:37 AM train from Babylon, due Penn at 8:48 AM, will be canceled at Jamaica. Customers will be accommodated by the next westbound train to Penn.
  • The 8:10 AM train from Freeport, due Penn at 8:50 AM, is canceled. Customers will be accommodated by the 8:25 AM train from Freeport, due Penn at 9:08 AM, and by the 7:45 AM train from Babylon, due Penn at 8:56 AM, which will make added stops at Freeport, Baldwin and Rockville Centre.
  • The 8:25 AM train from Freeport, due Penn at 9:08 AM, will be diverted to Atlantic Terminal.

    Far Rockaway Branch

  • The 8:03 AM train from Valley Stream, due Penn at 8:42 AM, is canceled. Customers will be accommodated by the 7:49 AM train from Far Rockaway, due Penn at 8:42 AM, making added stops at Valley Stream, Rosedale, Laurelton, Locust Manor, Kew Gardens, Forest Hills and Woodside.
  • The 8:21 AM train from Far Rockaway, due Penn at 9:17 AM, will be diverted to Atlantic Terminal.

    Hempstead Branch:

  • The 6:58 AM train from Hempstead due Penn at 7:52 AM will be diverted to Atlantic Terminal. Customers will be accommodated by the 6:39 AM train from Ronkonkoma due Penn at 8:00 AM will make an added stop at Forest Hills. The 7:12 AM train from Hempstead, due Penn at 8:03 AM, will be diverted to Atlantic Terminal.

    Long Beach Branch:

  • The 7:23 AM train from Long Beach, due Penn at 8:22 AM, is canceled. Customers will be accommodated by the 7:39 AM train from Long Beach, due Penn at 8:32 AM, and by the 7:49 AM train from Far Rockaway, due Penn at 8:42 AM, which will make added stops at Valley Stream, Rosedale, Laurelton and Locust Manor.
  • The 8:03 AM train from Long Beach, due Penn at 8:54 AM, is canceled. Customers will be accommodated by the 8:08 AM train from Long Beach, due Penn at 9:02 AM.

    Montauk Branch:

  • The 7:12 AM train from Speonk, due Hunterspoint Ave. at 9:11 AM, will be canceled at Jamaica. Customers will be accommodated by the 9:12 AM train from Jamaica, due Hunterspoint Ave. at 9:28 AM.

    Oyster Bay Branch:

  • The 7:13 AM train from Oyster Bay, due Long Island City at 8:34 AM, will be canceled at Jamaica. Customers will be accommodated by the 8:19AM train from Jamaica, due Long Island City at 8:44 AM.

    Port Jefferson/Huntington Branch:

  • The 5:59 AM train from Port Jefferson, due Hunterspoint Ave. at 7:41 AM, will be canceled at Jamaica. Customers traveling to Hunterspoint Ave. will be accommodated by the 7:31 AM train from Jamaica, due Hunterspoint Ave. at 7:49 AM
  • The 6:25 AM train from Hicksville, due Penn at 7:11 AM, is canceled. Customers will be accommodated by the 5:44 AM train from Port Jefferson, due Penn at 7:20 AM, making an added stop at Hicksville at approximately 6:41 AM; and by the 6:15 AM train from Huntington due Hicksville at 6:33 AM, making added stops at Carle Place, Merillon Ave and New Hyde Park.

    Ronkonkoma Branch:

  • The 6:54 AM train from Central Islip, due Penn at 8:06 AM, is canceled. Customers will be accommodated by the 6:56 AM train from Ronkonkoma, due Atlantic Terminal at 8:17 AM.

    PM PEAK

    The following PM Peak trains will be cancelled or diverted through Friday, March 22. Customers should anticipate delays and allow for extra travel time.

    Babylon Branch:

  • The 4:52 PM train from Penn Station due Babylon at 5:55 PM has been cancelled. Customers will be accommodated by the 5:03 PM train from Penn Station due Wantagh at 5:53 PM with a stop at Rockville Centre and all local stops to Babylon.
  • The 5:19 PM train from Penn Station due Wantagh at 6:06 PM has been cancelled. Customers will be accommodated by the 5:24 PM train from Penn Station due Freeport at 6:10 PM with stops at Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Jamaica, Rockville Centre, and all local stops to Wantagh.
  • The 5:40 PM train from Penn Station due Seaford at 6:30 PM has been cancelled. Customers will be accommodated by the 5:47 PM train from Penn Station due Freeport at 6:31 PM with a stop at Rockville Centre, and all local stops to Seaford.

    Far Rockaway Branch:

  • The 5:32 PM train from Penn Station due Far Rockaway at 6:24 PM has been canceled. Customers will be accommodated by the 5:49 PM train from Atlantic Terminal due Far Rockaway at 6:46 PM. Penn Station customers should take the 5:46 PM Huntington-bound train from New York to connect with the Far Rockaway train at Jamaica.

    Long Beach Branch:

  • The 5:20 PM train from Penn Station due Long Beach at 6:11 PM has been cancelled. Customers will be accommodated by the 5:23 PM train from Penn Station due Long Beach at 6:18 PM with stops at Jamaica, Locust Manor, Laurelton, Rosedale, Valley Stream, Lynbrook, and all local stops to Long Beach.

    Port Jefferson Branch:

  • The 3:27 PM train from Penn Station due Huntington at 4:33 PM has been cancelled. Customers will be accommodated by the 3:43 PM train from Penn Station due Huntington at 4:49 PM with stops at Woodside, Jamaica, New Hyde Park, and all local stops to Huntington.
  • The 5:47 PM train from Hunterspoint Ave. due Port Jefferson at 7:30 PM will instead originate from Jamaica tonight at 6:07 PM. Hunterspoint Ave. customers for this train will be accommodated by the 6:08 PM train from Hunterspoint Ave., due Port Jefferson at 8:00 PM.

    Port Washington Branch:

  • The 5:11 PM train from Penn Station due Port Washington at 5:47 PM has been cancelled. Customers will be accommodated by the 5:14 PM train from Penn Station due Great Neck at 5:45 PM with a stop at Bayside and all local stops to Port Washington, excluding Mets-Willets Point.

    FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT MTA.INFO/LIRR


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