LIRR Service Impacted through at least Wednesday, May 11
As Amtrak continues its repair work in the East River tunnel from their Sunday derailment, the MTA Long Island Rail Road will again operate a significantly reduced PM rush schedule of trains from Penn Station. Of the 87 trains normally operated out of Penn Station during the PM rush, a total of 20 will be canceled and combined with other trains. As a result, some trains will be more crowded. Westbound service to Penn Station will terminate at Jamaica and on the Port Washington Branch will terminate at Woodside beginning at approximately 4:30 PM. NYC Transit will be honoring LIRR tickets at Jamaica for the E line and at Woodside for the No. 7 line to New York. All eastbound PM Rush train service to Far Rockaway will originate out of Atlantic Terminal tonight. The ability of the LIRR to restore full service on Thursday morning is directly dependent on the progress of Amtrak's repairs.
LIRR Reduced PM Rush Schedule Tonight Includes: • Cancellation of 20 Eastbound PM Rush Trains • All Eastbound PM Rush Far Rockaway trains depart from Atlantic Terminal • Westbound Train Service to Penn Terminates at Jamaica and on Port Washington Branch Terminates at Woodside at approximately 4:30 PM; Customers to Use *E*, *J* & No. 7 line service as alternates.
Customers should allow extra travel time and expect 10 to 20 minute delays during the PM rush. Stopping patterns on some trains may change - please listen for announcements or consult station signage.
As a result of the on-going Amtrak repairs in the East River tunnel, the LIRR expects that AM and PM rush hour service will be significantly affected at least through Wednesday, May 11. The LIRR is in constant communication with Amtrak and is assessing Amtrak*s ability to meet the deadline to restore full service Thursday morning. Among the repairs, Amtrak crews are replacing 275 damaged track ties. Once repairs are completed, testing must also be performed before the tunnel can be restored for train service.