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Press Release
April 6, 2017
IMMEDIATE
24 PM Rush Hour LIRR Trains From Penn Station to Be Canceled or Diverted as Amtrak Crews Continue to Repair Tracks at Penn Station
Incremental Improvements Continue; Metro-North Railroad’s West-of-Hudson Customers Encouraged to Use PATH to Connect to Trains via Hoboken; NYC Transit Cross-Honoring to Continue for LIRR Customers

As Amtrak crews continue to work at Penn Station to repair track damage caused by an NJ TRANSIT derailment on Monday morning, the Long Island Rail Road must operate a reduced PM rush hour schedule, which includes 16 trains canceled from Penn Station between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., and eight others diverted to originate elsewhere.

In incremental improvements from yesterday, there will be no suspension of westbound service into Penn Station, and the number of eastbound trains canceled each day has been reduced. Yesterday, 17 eastbound trains had been canceled, and on Monday and Tuesday it was 18.

“Each day we have been making every improvement we can make within the constraints of the operating environment that Amtrak is providing for us at Penn Station,” said LIRR President Patrick Nowakowski.

The LIRR will operate on near normal schedules out of Atlantic Terminal, Brooklyn, and Hunterspoint Avenue, Queens. New York City Transit will cross-honor LIRR tickets at 34th Street-Penn Station on the 1 Subway2 Subway3 Subway and A SubwayC SubwayE Subway.

Metro-North Railroad is again advising customers on its Port Jervis Line and Pascack Valley Line to travel from New York City by boarding PATH trains to Hoboken as an alternative to waiting for Secaucus-bound NJ TRANSIT trains at Penn Station.

Long Island Rail Road

LIRR will primarily operate out of Tracks 17 through 21 as a result of the post-derailment track work. In some instances, LIRR customers may be advised of trains departing from Tracks 10, 11 or 12, which are accessible from the Exit Corridor closer to Eighth Avenue, or via NJ TRANSIT’s concourse.

As with yesterday, the following eastbound LIRR trains from Penn Station will be canceled or originate from Atlantic Terminal or Jamaica. In most cases customers of canceled trains will be able to board trains leaving within 10 minutes of their scheduled departure, with the alternate trains making additional stops to accommodate the customers of the canceled trains.

Babylon Branch

The 4:03 p.m. train from Penn Station due into Babylon at 5:05 p.m. has been canceled. Customers can take the 4:12 p.m. train from Penn Station due into Massapequa Park at 5:10 p.m. with stops at Woodside, Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Jamaica, Rockville Centre, and all further stops to Babylon.

The 4:34 p.m. train from Penn Station due into Babylon at 5:39 p.m. has been canceled. Customers can take the 4:37 p.m. train from Penn Station due into Wantagh at 5:27 p.m. with stops at Rockville Centre, and all further stops to Babylon.

The 4:57 p.m. train from Penn Station due into Wantagh at 5:42 p.m. has been canceled. Customers can take the 5:03 p.m. train from Penn Station due into Freeport at 5:46 p.m. with stops at Rockville Centre, Baldwin, Freeport, Merrick, Bellmore and Wantagh.

The 5:19 p.m. train from Penn Station due into Wantagh at 6:06 p.m. has been canceled. Customers can take the 5:24 p.m. train from Penn Station due into Freeport at 6:10 p.m. with stops at Woodside, Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Jamaica, Rockville Centre, and all further stops to Wantagh.

The 5:40 p.m. train from Penn Station due into Seaford at 6:30 p.m. has been canceled. Customers can take the 5:47 p.m. train from Penn Station due into Freeport at 6:31 p.m. with a stop at Rockville Centre, and all further stops to Seaford.

The 6:05 p.m. train from Penn Station due into Wantagh at 6:51 p.m. has been canceled. Customers can take the 6:10 p.m. train from Penn Station due into Freeport at 6:54 p.m. with a stop at Rockville Centre, and all further stops to Wantagh.

The 6:33 p.m. train from Penn Station due into Babylon at 7:35 p.m. has been canceled. Customers can take the 6:36 p.m. train from Penn Station due into Wantagh at 7:29 p.m. with stops at Jamaica, St. Albans, Rockville Centre, and all further stops to Babylon.

Far Rockaway Branch

The 4:42 p.m. train from Penn Station, due into Far Rockaway at 5:40 p.m., will originate at Atlantic Terminal, Brooklyn, at 4:42 p.m. and stop at Jamaica at 5:08 p.m.

The 5:32 p.m. train from Penn Station, due into Far Rockaway at 6:24 p.m., will originate at Jamaica at 5:52 p.m.

The 6:02 p.m. train from Penn Station, due into Far Rockaway at 6:58 p.m., will originate at Jamaica at 6:22 p.m.

Additional Station Stops

The 4:42 p.m. train from Penn Station will add stops at Locust Manor, Laurelton and Rosedale.

Hempstead Branch

The 4:32 p.m. train from Penn Station, due into Hempstead at 5:23 p.m., will originate at Atlantic Terminal, Brooklyn at 4:32 p.m. and stop at Jamaica at 4:54 p.m.

The 5:04 p.m. train from Penn Station, due into Hempstead at 5:57 p.m., will originate at Jamaica at 5:28 p.m.

The 5:38 p.m. train from Penn Station, due into Hempstead at 6:36 p.m., will originate at Atlantic Terminal, Brooklyn, at 5:38 p.m. and stop at Jamaica at 6:05 p.m.

The 6:39 p.m. train from Penn Station, due into Hempstead at 7:33 p.m. will originate at Jamaica at 7:03 p.m.

The 7:05 p.m. train from Penn Station, due into Hempstead at 7:56 p.m., will originate at Atlantic Terminal, Brooklyn, at 7:05 p.m. and stop at Jamaica at 7:27 p.m.

Long Beach Branch

The 4:40 p.m. train from Penn Station due into Long Beach at 5:37 p.m. has been canceled. Customers can take the 5:00 p.m. train from Penn Station due into Long Beach at 5:55 p.m. with stops at Jamaica, Locust Manor, and all further stops to Long Beach.

The 5:20 p.m. train from Penn Station due into Long Beach at 6:11 p.m. has been canceled. Customers can take the 5:23 p.m. train from Penn Station due into Long Beach at 6:18 p.m. with stops at Jamaica, Locust Manor, and all further stops to Long Beach.

Montauk Branch

The 4:30 p.m. train from Hunterspoint Avenue will add local stops from Babylon through Patchogue.

The 6:17 p.m. train from Jamaica will add a stop at Babylon.

Port Jefferson Branch

The 3:27 p.m. train from Penn Station due into Huntington at 4:33 p.m. has been canceled. Customers can take the 3:43 p.m. train from Penn Station due into Huntington at 4:49 p.m. with stops at Woodside, Jamaica, New Hyde Park, and all further stops to Huntington.

The 5:06 p.m. train from Penn Station due into Huntington at 6:07 p.m. has been canceled. Customers can take the 5:17 p.m. train from Penn Station, due into Huntington at 6:21 p.m.

The 6:30 p.m. train from Penn Station due into Huntington at 7:32 p.m. has been canceled. Customers can take the 6:35 p.m. train from Penn Station due into Hicksville at 7:22 p.m. with stops at Jamaica, New Hyde Park, and all further stops to Huntington.

Additional Main Line Station Stops

The 4:19 p.m. and 4:49 p.m. trains from Penn Station and the 5:12 p.m., 5:47 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. trains from Hunterspoint Avenue will add local stops at Hicksville, Syosset, Cold Spring Harbor and Huntington.

The 4:09 p.m. Ronkonkoma Branch train from Penn Station will add a stop at New Hyde Park.

The 6:00 p.m. Oyster Bay Branch train from Jamaica and the 6:16 p.m. Oyster Bay Branch train from Penn Station will add a stop at Mineola.

Port Washington Branch

The 5:11 p.m. train from Penn Station due into Port Washington at 5:47 p.m. has been canceled. Customers can take the 5:14 p.m. train from Penn Station due into Great Neck at 5:45 p.m. with a stop at Bayside and all further stops to Port Washington.

The 5:26 p.m. train from Penn Station due into Port Washington at 6:04 p.m. has been canceled. Customers can take the 5:29 p.m. train from Penn Station due into Great Neck at 6:05 p.m. with a stop at Woodside and all further stops to Port Washington.

The 6:24 p.m. train from Penn Station due into Port Washington at 7:04 p.m. has been canceled. Customers can take the 6:42 p.m. train from Penn Station due into Great Neck at 7:17 p.m. with a stop at Woodside, and all further stops to Port Washington.

The 7:01 p.m. train from Penn Station due into Port Washington at 7:36 p.m. has been canceled. Customers can take the 7:14 p.m. train from Penn Station due into Great Neck at 7:48 p.m. with a stop at Woodside, and all further stops to Port Washington.

Additional Station Stops at Woodside

The 5:50 p.m. and 6:11 p.m. trains from Penn Station will add stops at Woodside.

Westbound Trains

The 4:02 p.m. train from Long Beach due into Penn Station at 4:58 p.m. will terminate at Jamaica. Customers will be accommodated by the next westbound train.

The 5:53 p.m. train from Far Rockaway due into Penn Station at 6:47 p.m. will be diverted to Atlantic Terminal.

Metro-North Railroad West-of-Hudson Customers

Metro-North’s customers of the Port Jervis Line and Pascack Valley Line will have regular train schedules from Hoboken. But Metro-North advises customers that train service to Secaucus will be reduced in accordance with information released by NJ TRANSIT. As a result, Metro-North’s Port Jervis Line and Pascack Valley Line customers who are departing from New York City are advised to ride PATH trains to Hoboken to connect with Port Jervis Line and Pascack Valley Line trains.

With extra NJ TRANSIT trains scheduled from Hoboken Terminal, Hoboken customers should expect congestion-related delays and plan extra time for travel.

For the latest service updates, Pascack Valley Line and Port Jervis Line customers are encouraged to sign up for NJ TRANSIT’s email alerts at njtransit.com/mytransit, use the NJ TRANSIT Mobile App and DepartureVision website, and follow @NJTRANSIT on Twitter.

Many Channels for LIRR Services Updates

The LIRR urges its customers to stay alert for train service updates. The LIRR will continuously update customers in these ways:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • @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.

The above communications channels can be accessed while at home or on the go. For customers who are located at stations, the LIRR will post the latest service updates on digital signs at station platforms and will make audio announcements over public address systems, and on-board announcements made by train crews.

For those who prefer the telephone, information is available from the LIRR’s Customer Service Center by calling 511, the New York State Travel Information Line, and saying: “Long Island Rail Road.” Those who are deaf or hard of hearing can use their preferred service provider for the free 711 relay to reach the LIRR at 511.