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LIRR Continues on Modified Schedule Friday, Nov. 9

The LIRR will continue operating its current modified schedule on 10 of its 11 branches on Friday, November 9 as a result of the on-going repair work by Amtrak on flood damage to two of their four East River Tunnels sustained because of Hurricane Sandy. The modified LIRR train schedule has been in use based on the availability of only two of the four tunnels -; giving the LIRR only about 45 percent of its normal capacity.

The LIRR will operate a regular Saturday/Sunday schedule for this coming weekend, while Amtrak forces continue repair work.

The LIRR has been in close contact with Amtrak on repairs being made to their damaged tunnels. In making the tunnel repairs, Amtrak will be using a modified signal system, which may not provide the same train capacity that existed prior to the storm. Today, the LIRR operated a test train in one of the previously flooded tunnels to check the modified signal system. We will continue testing on Friday and Amtrak plans to operate revenue service using this tunnel. The LIRR expects to offer more train service as each tunnel becomes available.

In operating the modified schedule on Friday, the LIRR has restored train service to 10 of its 11 branches. LIRR train service remains suspended on the Long Beach Branch and is replaced with bus service.

Because of the significant storm surge damage in Long Beach and along the LIRR's Long Beach Branch -; affecting power to electric substations and salt water exposure to switches and signals -; the LIRR will continue to operate a bus service for Long Beach Branch customers, which will be extended on Friday to include the Long Beach Station from 6 AM until 5:30 PM due to the City of Long Beach's curfew.

Starting at 6 AM, the LIRR's bus service makes a loop between the LIRR's Long Beach and Lynbrook stations -; making stops at Island Park, Oceanside, East Rockaway, and Centre Avenue stations along the way. After 5:30 PM, the bus loop continues to operate between Island Park and Lynbrook until 9 PM. Train connections to and from the bus loop can be made at Lynbrook Station.

The buses are expected take approximately 45 minutes to travel between Long Beach and Lynbrook, and to depart approximately every five minutes during the morning and evening rush hours. Outside rush hours, the departure time between buses will be greater.

LIRR Long Beach Comfort Station Opened

After a thorough cleaning and hook-up to a generator, the LIRR has turned its Long Beach Station waiting room into a comfort station for use by the hard-hit community. In addition to heat, water and restrooms, the Long Beach Station waiting room is also equipped with power strips for use in charging cell phones and other electronic devices. The comfort station will be open daily from 6 AM to 4 PM.

East End Train Service

The LIRR restored train service between Riverhead and Greenport today following the completion of repair work by LIRR forces on a culvert damaged by Hurricane Sandy in Mattituck. Bus Service had been operating between Riverhead and Greenport.

LIRR crews continue their work on restoring power to grade crossings on the East End. With train service now restored on the Montauk Branch to and from Montauk, a number of grade crossing gates continue to be powered by generators due to local power outages.

While the LIRR continues operating on a modified schedule, customers should anticipate delays of 10-15 minutes due to reduced train capacity in Amtrak's East River tunnels and heavy passenger volume system-wide.

Customers can find a special modified timetable for their branch on line at www.mta.info with all the details on train departure times.

The LIRR has been carrying approximately 65-85 percent of its regular AM Peak ridership of 90,000 customers throughout the week.

Off-peak fares remain in effect through the weekend. Currently, the on board penalty fare is being waived. Long Beach Branch tickets are valid for use to/from all stations/zones

LIRR Customers Should Anticipate Crowding

Because service continues to be limited on weekdays, waits will be longer and trains will be more crowded. In the evening rush hour, customers should expect crowded conditions in Penn Station. Customers are advised to stagger work hours and travel in off-peak hours, if possible, to help reduced crowding in the peak periods.

For More Information

Customers should monitor news reports, the MTA website, and sign up for free E-Alerts for updates on LIRR service. Customers can also contact the LIRR's Travel Information Center by calling 511, the New York State Travel Information Line, and say: Long Island Rail Road. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, use your preferred relay service provider for the free 711 relay to reach LIRR at 511.