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Press Release
May 25, 2017
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LIRR Adding 10 Extra Eastbound Trains on Friday Afternoon Memorial Day Weekend

With the Memorial Day Weekend beginning tomorrow, the Long Island Rail Road is adding 10 extra early afternoon trains from Penn Station on Friday, May 26, for customers planning an early start to the long weekend.

The LIRR will operate on a regular weekend schedule on Saturday and Sunday and on a holiday schedule on Memorial Day.

The following departures from Penn Station have been added to the regular Friday afternoon schedule:

Babylon Branch

Press Release
May 16, 2017
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LIRR to Conduct Routine Rail Safety Tests on the Port Washington Branch During Overnight Hours of Saturday, May 20

The Long Island Rail Road will perform routine track inspections between Great Neck and Port Washington during the early morning hours of Saturday, May 20, to ensure the continuing safety and reliability of the tracks. The tests will be performed using a specialized diagnostic car fitted with ultrasonic and induction test equipment and is designed to detect and repair internal rail defects not readily visible to the eye.

Press Release
May 9, 2017
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LIRR to Renew Silvermere Road Railroad Crossing in Greenport

To ensure continued safety of motorists and train passengers alike, Long Island Rail Road workers will renew the railroad crossing at Silvermere Road in Greenport on Wednesday, May 17, between 6 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. The work will include a rehabilitation of the asphalt railroad crossing surface, as well as the tracks, including the steel rails and adjacent wooden ties, and the compacted stone bedding the ties rest in, which is known as ballast.

Press Release
May 4, 2017
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LIRR to Renew Railroad Crossing at William Floyd Parkway in Shirley on Saturday, May 13

To ensure continued safety of motorists and train passengers alike, Long Island Rail Road workers will renew the railroad crossing at William Floyd Parkway (Suffolk County Route 46), between 10 p.m. Friday, May 12, and 5 a.m. Sunday, May 14. The work will include a rehabilitation of the concrete railroad crossing surface, as well as the tracks, including the steel rails and adjacent concrete ties, and the compacted stone bedding the ties rest in, which is known as ballast.

Press Release
April 28, 2017
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LIRR Continuing Work to Replace Concrete Ties for Safety and Reliability of Babylon Branch

MTA Long Island Rail Road weekend track work crews will continue to be out in force along the Babylon Branch replacing concrete railroad ties between Rockville Centre and Merrick for seven upcoming weekend days, April 29-30, May 6-7, 13 and 20-21. (Normal weekend service will be provided on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14.) This work will ensure the continuing safety and reliability of the Babylon Branch.

Press Release
April 26, 2017
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MTA Board Members Vote to Accept and Conclude Year-Long Environmental Study for LIRR Expansion Project

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board voted today to accept the findings of the year-long environmental study for the Long Island Rail Road Expansion Project, one of New York’s most significant efforts to increase capacity of the commuter railroad since it was first built in the mid-19th century.

Press Release
April 20, 2017
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Babylon Branch Track Improvement Work Weekend of April 22-23 Will Impact Train Service

MTA Long Island Rail Road crews will be out in force along the Babylon Branch on the weekend of April 22-23 to replace concrete railroad ties between Rockville Centre and Merrick. As a result of this proactive work to renew the railroad’s infrastructure, the LIRR will need to reduce service on the Babylon Branch from half-hourly to hourly during certain hours of the day on Saturday and Sunday. Similar service changes may also be in effect for the following several weekends as work progresses.

Details are below:

Press Release
April 14, 2017
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LIRR to Provide Additional Train Service for Good Friday

The Long Island Rail Road will provide additional eastbound service from Penn Station this afternoon, Friday, April 14, for customers leaving work early in observance of Good Friday. Ten additional trains will depart Penn Station between 1:49 p.m. and 3:48 p.m. There will be four additional trains on the Babylon Branch, three extra trains to Hicksville and Huntington, and one each to Far Rockaway, Great Neck and Ronkonkoma.

The extra afternoon departures from Penn Station include:

Ronkonkoma Branch

Press Release
April 12, 2017
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Governor Cuomo Announces Completion of Environmental Statement for LIRR Expansion Project

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the completion of the environmental impact study for the proposed LIRR expansion project – one of New York's greatest efforts to increase capacity of the commuter railroad since it was first built in the mid-19th century. The Final Environmental Impact Statement confirms the expansion project will improve LIRR service, reliability, and safety, for both residents and commuters on Long Island.

Press Release
April 12, 2017
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LIRR to Conduct Routine Rail Safety Tests on the Montauk Branch During Mid-Day Off-Peak Periods, April 17-20

Long Island Rail Road workers will perform routine track inspections on the Montauk Branch during mid-day off-peak hours from Monday, April 17, through Thursday, April 20. The tests will be performed using a specialized diagnostic car fitted with ultrasonic and induction test equipment and is designed to detect internal rail defects not readily visible to the eye. Any defects that are found will be corrected immediately.

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