LIRR To Operate Reduced PM Service
As Amtrak continues its repair work in the East River Tunnel, the LIRR will again
operate a significantly reduced PM rush schedule of trains from Penn
Station. A total of 20 trains 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. For a less crowded and more comfortable ride, customers
heading to lower Manhattan are encouraged to use the J and Z lines
rather than the E from Jamaica. Additionally, once again, all eastbound
PM Rush train service to Far Rockaway will originate
out of Atlantic Terminal tonight.
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.
MTA Long Island Rail Road continues to closely monitor the progress
of Amtrak's repair work in the East River tunnel stemming from
Sunday's Amtrak derailment. Based on the progress made so far,
Amtrak has revised its estimate for returning the tunnel back to service
to Friday morning's rush hour service.
The LIRR expects that AM and PM rush hour service will be significantly
affected through Thursday, May 12. The ability of the LIRR to restore
full service on Friday morning is directly dependent on the progress of
Amtrak's repairs. The LIRR is in constant communication with Amtrak
and is assessing Amtrak's ability to meet the deadline to restore full
service Friday morning. Among the repairs being made, 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
Before heading to Penn Station or Atlantic Terminal, all customers are
urged to check on LIRR service by monitoring the MTA website,
www.mta.info, listening to the latest news broadcasts and traffic
reports and/or signing up for free E-Alerts that provide the latest
train information direct from the LIRR train operations center.
Customers can also contact the LIRR's Travel Information Center at
718-217-5477 (718-217-LIRR). If you are deaf or hard of hearing, use
your preferred relay service provider or the free 711 relay to reach
LIRR at 718-217-5477.