LIRR Operates Regular Weekend Service

The LIRR is operating on a regular weekend schedule on 10 of its 11 branches while Amtrak forces continue repair work on their two flood- damaged East River Tunnels. LIRR train service remains suspended on the Long Beach Branch and is replaced with bus service.

The LIRR has been in close contact with Amtrak on repairs being made to their damaged tunnels sustained because of Hurricane Sandy. 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. The LIRR expects to offer more weekday train service as each tunnel becomes available.

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 from 5 AM until 9 PM.

Starting at 5 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, due to the City of Long Beach’s curfew, 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.

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.

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.