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to Repair Damage Caused by Monday's Derailment

As Long island Rail Road crews work around-the-clock to repair 3,700 feet of railroad track damaged when a train derailed on Monday customers should expect some train cancellations during the AM peak and during the PM peak on Wednesday, March 20, Thursday, March 21 and Friday, March 22.

Each day, out of a normal compliment of 144 AM peak trains, the LIRR is canceling 11 trains, diverting 5 from Penn Station to Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn while four other trains will only go as far as Jamaica. During the PM peak, when the Railroad normally runs 128 trains, it is canceling 7 trains and originating one train's run at Jamaica instead of Hunterspoint Avenue. The specific trains being cancelled or diverted are listed below.

The damage put one of four tracks connecting Jamaica and Penn Station out of commission, thus preventing the LIRR from running its full schedule of rush hour trains. Off-peak schedules are not affected. An investigation is under way regarding the cause of the derailment.

Once the damaged trains were re-railed and moved to repair shops, track crews started removing and replacing damaged track, running rail and electrified third rail. They are equipped with specialized concrete track-laying machinery that will remove and replace some 1,600 damaged concrete ties. Once the new concrete ties are in place, the running rails and third rail are then re-installed on this almost three-quarter mile stretch of track. 

AM PEAK

The following AM Peak trains will be cancelled or diverted on Wednesday, March 20, Thursday, March 21, and Friday, March 22. Customers should anticipate delays and allow for extra travel time.

Babylon Branch

  • The 5:56 AM train from Babylon, due Penn at 6:59 AM, will be diverted to Atlantic Terminal.
  • The 6:14AM train from Massapequa Park, due Penn at 7:08 AM, is canceled. Customers will be accommodated by the 6:12 AM train from Babylon to Penn, which will make an added stop at Rockville Centre; and the 6:26 AM train from Massapequa Park to Penn.
  • The 6:31AM train from Lindenhurst, due Penn at 7:33 AM, is canceled. Customers will be accommodated by the 6:32 AM train from Babylon, due Penn at 7:37 AM.
  • The 6:57 AM train from Freeport due Penn at 7:40 AM is canceled. Customers will be accommodated by the 6:56AM train from Wantagh due Penn at 7:43 AM, making added stops at Freeport, Baldwin and Rockville Centre.
  • The 7:29 AM train from Freeport, due Penn at 8:13 AM, is canceled. Customers will be accommodated by the 7:26 AM train from Wantagh, due Penn at 8:16 AM, making an added stop at Freeport; and by the 7:10 AM train from Babylon, due Penn at 8:20 AM, which will make added stops at Baldwin and Rockville Centre.
  • The 7:48 AM train from Wantagh, due Penn at 8:40 AM, is canceled. Customers will be accommodated by the 7:29 AM train from Babylon, due Atlantic Terminal at 8:43 AM. Customers for Penn Station must change at Jamaica for a NY train.
  • The 7:37 AM train from Babylon, due Penn at 8:48 AM, will be canceled at Jamaica. Customers will be accommodated by the next westbound train to Penn.
  • The 8:10 AM train from Freeport, due Penn at 8:50 AM, is canceled. Customers will be accommodated by the 8:25 AM train from Freeport, due Penn at 9:08 AM, and by the 7:45 AM train from Babylon, due Penn at 8:56 AM, which will make added stops at Freeport, Baldwin and Rockville Centre.
  • The 8:25 AM train from Freeport, due Penn at 9:08 AM, will be diverted to Atlantic Terminal.

 Far Rockaway Branch

  • The 8:03 AM train from Valley Stream, due Penn at 8:42 AM, is canceled. Customers will be accommodated by the 7:49 AM train from Far Rockaway, due Penn at 8:42 AM, making added stops at Valley Stream, Rosedale, Laurelton, Locust Manor, Kew Gardens, Forest Hills and Woodside.
  • The 8:21 AM train from Far Rockaway, due Penn at 9:17 AM, will be diverted to Atlantic Terminal.

Hempstead Branch:

  • The 6:58 AM train from Hempstead due Penn at 7:52 AM will be diverted to Atlantic Terminal. Customers will be accommodated by the 6:39 AM train from Ronkonkoma due Penn at 8:00 AM will make an added stop at Forest Hills.
  • The 7:12 AM train from Hempstead, due Penn at 8:03 AM, will be diverted to Atlantic Terminal.

Long Beach Branch:

  • The 7:23 AM train from Long Beach, due Penn at 8:22 AM, is canceled. Customers will be accommodated by the 7:39 AM train from Long Beach, due Penn at 8:32 AM, and by the 7:49 AM train from Far Rockaway, due Penn at 8:42 AM, which will make added stops at Valley Stream, Rosedale, Laurelton and Locust Manor.
  • The 8:03 AM train from Long Beach, due Penn at 8:54 AM, is canceled. Customers will be accommodated by the 8:08 AM train from Long Beach, due Penn at 9:02 AM.

Montauk Branch:

  • The 7:12 AM train from Speonk, due Hunterspoint Ave. at 9:11 AM, will be canceled at Jamaica. Customers will be accommodated by the 9:12 AM train from Jamaica, due Hunterspoint Ave. at 9:28 AM.

 Oyster Bay Branch:

  • The 7:13 AM train from Oyster Bay, due Long Island City at 8:34 AM, will be canceled at Jamaica. Customers will be accommodated by the 8:19AM train from Jamaica, due Long Island City at 8:44 AM.

Port Jefferson/Huntington Branch:

  • The 5:59 AM train from Port Jefferson, due Hunterspoint Ave. at 7:41 AM, will be canceled at Jamaica. Customers traveling to Hunterspoint Ave. will be accommodated by the 7:31 AM train from Jamaica, due Hunterspoint Ave. at 7:49 AM
  • The 6:25 AM train from Hicksville, due Penn at 7:11 AM, is canceled. Customers will be accommodated by the 5:44 AM train from Port Jefferson, due Penn at 7:20 AM, making an added stop at Hicksville at approximately 6:41 AM; and by the 6:15 AM train from Huntington due Hicksville at 6:33 AM, making added stops at Carle Place, Merillon Ave and New Hyde Park.

Ronkonkoma Branch:

  • The 6:54 AM train from Central Islip, due Penn at 8:06 AM, is canceled. Customers will be accommodated by the 6:56 AM train from Ronkonkoma, due Atlantic Terminal at 8:17 AM.

PM PEAK

The following PM Peak trains will be cancelled or diverted on Wednesday, March 20, Thursday, March 21, and Friday, March 22. Customers should anticipate delays and allow for extra travel time.

Babylon Branch:

  • The 4:52 PM train from Penn Station due Babylon at 5:55 PM has been cancelled. Customers will be accommodated by the 5:03 PM train from Penn Station due Wantagh at 5:53 PM with a stop at Rockville Centre and all local stops to Babylon.
  • The 5:19 PM train from Penn Station due Wantagh at 6:06 PM has been cancelled. Customers will be accommodated by the 5:24 PM train from Penn Station due Freeport at 6:10 PM with stops at Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Jamaica, Rockville Centre, and all local stops to Wantagh.
  • The 5:40 PM train from Penn Station due Seaford at 6:30 PM has been cancelled. Customers will be accommodated by the 5:47 PM train from Penn Station due Freeport at 6:31 PM with a stop at Rockville Centre, and all local stops to Seaford.

 Far Rockaway Branch:

  • The 5:32 PM train from Penn Station due Far Rockaway at 6:24 PM has been canceled. Customers will be accommodated by the 5:49 PM train from Atlantic Terminal due Far Rockaway at 6:46 PM. Penn Station customers should take the 5:46 PM Huntington-bound train from New York to connect with the Far Rockaway train at Jamaica.

 Long Beach Branch

  • The 5:20 PM train from Penn Station due Long Beach at 6:11 PM has been cancelled. Customers will be accommodated by the 5:23 PM train from Penn Station due Long Beach at 6:18 PM with stops at Jamaica, Locust Manor, Laurelton, Rosedale, Valley Stream, Lynbrook, and all local stops to Long Beach.

 Port Jefferson Branch:

  • The 3:27 PM train from Penn Station due Huntington at 4:33 PM has been cancelled. Customers will be accommodated by the 3:43 PM train from Penn Station due Huntington at 4:49 PM with stops at Woodside, Jamaica, New Hyde Park, and all local stops to Huntington.
  • The 5:47 PM train from Hunterspoint Ave. due Port Jefferson at 7:30 PM will instead originate from Jamaica tonight at 6:07 PM. Hunterspoint Ave. customers for this train will be accommodated by the 6:08 PM train from Hunterspoint Ave., due Port Jefferson at 8:00 PM.

Port Washington Branch:

  • The 5:11 PM train from Penn Station due Port Washington at 5:47 PM has been cancelled. Customers will be accommodated by the 5:14 PM train from Penn Station due Great Neck at 5:45 PM with a stop at Bayside and all local stops to Port Washington, excluding Mets-Willets Point.