LIRR Restores Eastbound Service for Mid-day

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MTA Long Island Rail Road crews have restored eastbound train service to one of the two Main Line tracks east of New Hyde Park where a train derailed on Saturday night. The restoration allows train service to resume during the mid-dayon the LIRR’s Port Jefferson, Ronkonkoma and Oyster Bay Branches. Trains will run at reduced speeds near the affected area. Customers should expect some delays and cancellations as a result. Eastbound service began with the 9:35 a.m. train departing Penn Station for Huntington.

LIRR crews worked around the clock removing undamaged cars of a derailed train from the site of Saturday's derailment. LIRR was able to restore some service for Monday's morning commute, though customers were urged to consider using the Babylon, Hempstead, Port Washington and Montauk Branches as alternatives to the Ronkonkoma, Port Jefferson, and Oyster Bay Branches.

Services Updates Available on Many Methods

The LIRR is urging its customers who use the three affected branches to gather information about transportation status and options on Monday morning before heading out. The LIRR will update customers in these ways:

  • MTA.info. The rail tab of the “Service Status” box at the left side of www.MTA.info is always the definitive source for the latest status for each branch, updated every minute. In addition, customers can visit www.mta.info/lirr to see special service notices in the upper center of the page.
  • Email and text message service updates. Customers are urged to sign up to receive the alerts by visiting MyMTAAlerts.com. To avoid unwanted messages, a user can tailor the messages to the specific branch, and the specific times of day.
  • @LIRR on Twitter. Twitter users can follow @LIRR to receive updates of a similar nature to the email and text alerts, shortened to fit Twitter’s format.
  • LIRR Train Time™. Customers who use the LIRR Train Time™ app will see up-to-the-minute status for each upcoming train at each station. As a caution, trains that start out their trips on time may experience delays en route.
  • News media reports. LIRR customers are urged to listen to traffic and transit updates as the railroad will keep the media updated as new information becomes available.