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Press Release
October 30, 2015
IMMEDIATE
Sports Fans Are Helping to Push MTA Long Island Rail Road Ridership Higher

MTA Long Island Rail Road President Patrick A. Nowakowski said today that the Mets’ trip to the World Series and the New York Islanders’ move to Brooklyn have been a boon for ridership on the LIRR, already the busiest commuter line in the nation.

Press Release
October 26, 2015
IMMEDIATE
Buses Replace Trains between Ronkonkoma & Hicksville for 48 Hours Beginning Saturday, October 31 at 12:45 a.m.

Buses will replace train service on the Long Island Rail Road’s Ronkonkoma Branch between Ronkonkoma and Hicksville from 12:45 a.m. Saturday, October 31 until 12:45 a.m. Monday, November 2 for scheduled track maintenance. To avoid busing and delays, customers are encouraged to use other branches of the Railroad if possible.

The LIRR will be installing a new switches in Wyandanch and conducting Sperry Rail diagnostic testing between Farmingdale and Ronkonkoma looking for defective track and installing new rail as needed.

Press Release
October 22, 2015
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40,000 Customers Facing Delays This Weekend, Oct. 24-25, as LIRR Installs a New Bridge in Westbury

An estimated 40,000 Long Island Rail Road customers could face considerable delays over the weekend of Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25 when the Railroad suspends train service on the Main Line between Hicksville and Mineola for the installation of a new bridge in Westbury.

Press Release
October 16, 2015
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LIRR President Nowakowski Names Chief Planning Officer Elisa Picca the Railroad’s New Executive Vice-President

MTA Long Island Rail Road President Patrick A. Nowakowski today named Elisa Picca, the LIRR’s long-time Chief Planning Officer, to the position of Executive Vice President.

“It gives me great pleasure to announce the selection of Elisa Picca,” Nowakowski said “Elisa has served the LIRR effectively for 28 years in various capacities, most recently as Chief Planning Officer and head of Strategic Investments.”

Press Release
October 14, 2015
IMMEDIATE
Buses Replace Trains for Sperry Rail Testing Along Sections of the Montauk Branch Monday, Oct. 19 through Thursday, Oct. 22 during Off-Peak Periods

Buses will replace trains along sections of the Montauk Branch during off-peak periods beginning Monday, October 19 through Thursday, October 22 while track inspections are performed using a specialized diagnostic car developed by Sperry Rail.

The Sperry Rail Car is a bright yellow train fitted with ultrasonic and induction test equipment and is designed to detect internal rail defects not readily visible to the eye. Defects that are found will be corrected immediately by a crew of LIRR track maintenance workers.

Monday, October 19 – Babylon to Patchogue

Press Release
October 13, 2015
IMMEDIATE
Double Track Work Continues: Buses Replace Trains between Ronkonkoma & Central Islip for 24 Hours Beginning Sunday, October 18 at 12:39 a.m.

Buses will replace train service on the Long Island Rail Road’s Ronkonkoma Branch between Ronkonkoma and Central Islip from 12:39 a.m. on Sunday, October 18 until 12:32 a.m. on Monday, October 19 for construction work associated with the LIRR’s Double Track project. The outage will also affect travel to and from Greenport. Customers can expect the following schedule changes:

Ronkonkoma Branch

Westbound

Press Release
October 9, 2015
IMMEDIATE
Take the LIRR to the 32nd Oyster Festival in Oyster Bay, L.I. on Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18

MTA Long Island Rail Road is offering extra train service and a specially-priced travel package for seafood lovers heading to the 32nd Annual Oyster Festival in historic Oyster Bay, L.I. on Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18. The festival is Long Island’s largest waterfront event and its oyster-eating and oyster shucking contests are legendary. Culinary pros and volunteer chefs work side by side, cooking and serving dozens of unique oyster and clam dishes as well as other seafood treats.

Press Release
September 28, 2015
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Buses Replace Trains on Port Jeff Branch for Sperry Rail Testing Tuesday Night, Oct. 6 & Wednesday Night, Oct. 7

Buses will replace trains on the Port Jefferson Branch between Huntington and Port Jefferson from 10:45 p.m. until 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 6 and Wednesday, October 7 while track inspections are performed using a specialized diagnostic car developed by Sperry Rail. The Sperry Rail Car is a bright yellow train fitted with ultrasonic and induction test equipment and is designed to detect internal rail defects not readily visible to the eye. Defects that are found will be corrected immediately by a crew of LIRR track maintenance workers.

Press Release
September 22, 2015
IMMEDIATE
Buses Replace Trains between Port Washington & Great Neck on Sat. Sept. 26 & Sun. Sept 27 for Colonial Road Bridge Construction

Bus service will replace trains between Port Washington and Great Neck this coming weekend from 12:04 a.m. Saturday, September 26 until 3:15 a.m. on Monday, September 28 as work resumes on the construction of the new Colonial Road Bridge near Great Neck Station. During that same period service on the Port Washington Branch will be reduced from half-hourly to hourly.

Press Release
September 21, 2015
IMMEDIATE
Man Charged with Reckless Driving After Drunken Joy Ride on LIRR Tracks in Queens Ends in a Fiery Crash

The MTA Police today announced the arrest of a 25 year-old Queens man who allegedly drove his car for a mile on the Long Island Rail Road tracks in Long Island City stopping only when his vehicle struck a third rail and burst into flames.

Ronny Mora of Corona was apparently drunk when he entered the LIRR right of way at the Borden Ave. railroad crossing shortly after 11 p.m. and then drove the car east, for about three quarters of a mile, past the LIRR’s Hunterspoint Ave. Station, according to police.

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