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LIRR Operating Reduced Rush Hour Service

As a result of the on-going repair work in the tunnel, the LIRR will again operate a significantly reduced PM rush schedule of trains from Penn Station today. 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. This represents the same service plan that was used during Wednesday evening's rush. As a result of the cancellations, some trains will be more crowded.

Once again, 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 and continuing through 8 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 have been changed - please listen for announcements or consult station signage.

The LIRR expects to operate regular AM rush hour service on Friday. However, the LIRR*s ability to restore full peak service on Friday morning is directly dependent on the progress of Amtrak*s repairs. So far, Amtrak crews have Amtrak crews replaced all 282 damaged track ties.

Since last night and throughout the day today, Amtrak crews are replacing stone ballast in the track bed. Once track and signal repairs are completed, testing must also be performed before the tunnel can be restored for train service. Amtrak crews are continuing around the clock repair work from Sunday*s Amtrak derailment to return the East River tunnel back to service in time for Friday*s morning rush hour. The 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.

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.