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Press Release
May 31, 2013
Buses Will Replace Trains on the Port Jefferson Branch for Three Weekends - June 1-2, June 15-16 and June 22-23
LIRR Will Modernize Crossings and Install New Rail Ties during the Outages


Buses will replace train service on the Port Jefferson Branch this coming weekend, the first of three weekend outages in June that will allow the Long Island Rail Road to modernize grade crossings and install new concrete ties along the route between Huntington and Port Jefferson stations.
The project will resume over the weekend of June 15-16 and finish up on Saturday and Sunday, June 22-23. Bus service will begin each Saturdays at 12:35 AM and continue until 2:35 AM on Monday. At that time, regular weekday train service will resume. Tie installation work will take place on all three weekends while crossing renewals are scheduled for Larkfield Rd in East Northport on June 1-2, Moriches Rd. and Lake Ave. in St. James on June 15-16 and River Rd. in Smithtown and Lawrence Rd. in Kings Park on June 22-23.
Customers traveling westbound from Port Jefferson through Greenlawn will board buses up to 18 minutes earlier than usual train departure times. Train service resumes at Huntington for points west. 
Customers will board buses at Huntington for stations Greenlawn through Port Jefferson and arrive at their destination up to 26 minutes later than usual.
Spending $70 Million in 2013
The LIRR has budgeted $70 million in 2013 to maintain its track infrastructure in a state of good repair. The work on the Port Jefferson Branch will help ensure safety, greater service reliability and a smoother, more comfortable ride for customers.
For More Information
Customers can contact the LIRR's Travel Information Center by calling 511, the New York State Travel Information Line, and say: Long Island Rail Road.  Customers can also visit the LIRR’s website at  If you are deaf or hard of hearing, use your preferred relay service provider for the free 711 relay to reach LIRR at 511.