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Reduced LIRR Rush Hour Service To Continue

As a result of ongoing Amtrak repair work in the East River Tunnel MTA Long Island Rail Road will again reduce, by about a quarter, the number of trains that normally operate into Penn Station during the morning rush. This morning, 22 of 98 scheduled trains will be canceled, terminated or diverted - representing the same service plan used yesterday.

Last night Amtrak informed the LIRR that repair work in the tunnel will take longer than anticipated. Because of that, Amtrak has revised its estimate for returning the tunnel back to service to Friday morning. The repair work includes replacement of 275 track ties damaged Sunday when an Amtrak train derailed in the tunnel.

Customers should allow extra travel time and expect scattered 10 to 20 minute delays. Stopping patterns on some trains may change - please listen for announcements or consult station signage.

The LIRR expects that AM and PM rush hour service will be significantly affected through Thursday, May 12. However, the ability of 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.

Once repairs are completed, testing must also be performed before the tunnel can be restored for train service.

AM Rush Service Plan for Wednesday, May 11

Of the 22 trains canceled, terminated at Jamaica or diverted:

• Twelve will be canceled outright at their eastern origination point.

• Five trains will operate normally then terminate at Jamaica where customers can board other trains for Penn Station or take an E train to Manhattan. For a less crowded and more comfortable ride, passengers for lower Manhattan are encouraged to use the J and Z lines rather than the E to and from Jamaica. New York City Transit will honor LIRR tickets on the subway.

• Four trains will be diverted to Atlantic Terminal, Brooklyn.

• One train will be diverted to Hunterspoint Avenue.

Customers are urged to check on LIRR service before heading to train stations by monitoring this 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.

For the latest information on train service, customers should go to www.mta.info or monitor LIRR service alerts via email. 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.