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Press Release
August 30, 2019
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LIRR to Restore 14 Rush Hour Trains to/from Penn Station Following Completion of Latest Round of Amtrak Track Work at Penn Station

Long Island Rail Road President Phil Eng today announced that following the expected completion of Amtrak’s latest round of work to repair and rebuild infrastructure at Penn Station this weekend, 14 LIRR rush hour trains that had been canceled or rerouted will return to Penn Station effective Tuesday, Sept. 3.

The LIRR has been operating 260 rush hour trains daily, limited by a reduction of track availability due to Amtrak’s work. As of this Tuesday, Sept. 3, the LIRR will restore 14 trains, for a rush hour total of 274 trains, a 5.4% increase.

Press Release
August 20, 2019
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MTA LIRR to Eliminate Railroad Crossing, Install New Bridge This Weekend at Covert Avenue in New Hyde Park

Major LIRR Expansion Project Milestone to Take Place August 24-25

This Weekend There Will Be No LIRR Service from New Hyde Park to Hicksville Stations

Other Service Changes, Timetable Adjustments all LIRR Branches; Details Below

 

Press Release
August 12, 2019
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Hempstead Branch Service Will Only be Available at Hollis, Queens Village & Floral Park on the Weekend of August 17-18

The LIRR Expansion Project will perform its third bridge installation project of the summer on the weekend of August 17-18, 2019, as crews install a new bridge over South Tyson Avenue in the Village of Floral Park. The bridge, in service since 1958, is being modified. The new bridge will address a bottleneck at this section of the LIRR’s Main Line – where four tracks merge into two – and accommodate a future third track to increase capacity and improve service reliability.

Press Release
August 8, 2019
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MTA LIRR Unveils First Customer Lactation Pod to Accommodate On-the-Go Moms at Penn Station

New, Private, ADA-Accessible Space Now Available

Pod Arrives During National Breastfeeding Awareness Month

Latest Customer-Friendly Initiative Complements Host of Customer-Friendly Efforts

 

Nursing on-the-go moms who travel through Penn Station -- one of the busiest transportation hubs in the U.S. -- now have their own private space, known as a lactation pod, to breastfeed or pump, located in the LIRR’s Customer Waiting Room on the main LIRR concourse near the 7th Avenue entrance.

Press Release
August 6, 2019
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LIRR to Continue Switch Replacement East of Syosset August 10-11 and 17-18

MTA Long Island Rail Road today announced that crews will complete the replacement of the switches east of Syosset over the weekends of August 10-11 and 17-18. These devices allow the railroad to safely switch trains from one track to another between Huntington and Hicksville. The new switches will improve safety and service reliability and keep the LIRR system in a state of good repair.

Press Release
July 25, 2019
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LIRR to Replace Switches Near Syosset During Weekends of July 27-28 and August 3-4

MTA Long Island Rail Road announced that on two consecutive weekends of July 27-28, and again on August 3-4, crews will replace switches east of Syosset at a location known as Amott Interlocking. Switches allow the railroad to move trains from one track to another between Huntington and Hicksville. The new switches will ensure continued safety and service reliability on the branch, and keep the LIRR system in a state-of-good repair.

Press Release
July 22, 2019
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LIRR Receives Gold Award for Safety from the American Public Transportation Association for 2019

MTA Long Island Rail Road today announced that it has received the American Public Transportation Association’s 2019 Gold Award for Safety, in recognition of the important incident prevention work performed by the LIRR’s Right of Way Task Force. The Gold Award is the national body’s highest form of recognition for safety.

Press Release
July 22, 2019
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LIRR to Introduce Private Space for Breastfeeding Moms at Penn Station

MTA Long Island Rail Road President Phillip Eng today announced that the LIRR will install a private space at Penn Station for moms who are nursing children on the go. The space, known as a lactation pod, is planned to be installed in the LIRR’s customer waiting room by this fall. It will be available upon request to the waiting room attendant.

Lactation pods are now located in many airports. LIRR customers, Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre and Assemblywoman Nily Rozic had recently asked the LIRR to find a way to accommodate breastfeeding moms.

Press Release
July 15, 2019
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Crews to Install LIRR Bridge at Urban Avenue in New Cassel July 20-21

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced that on the weekend of July 20-21, crews working on the Long Island Rail Road Expansion Project will move a new pre-assembled LIRR bridge into place at Urban Avenue in New Cassel. The bridge replaces a previous at-grade railroad crossing at the site that closed to traffic on March 8.

With the work taking place that weekend as planned, the project team remains on pace to reopen Urban Avenue this fall as a two-way underpass with a sidewalk on the west side.

Press Release
July 11, 2019
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LIRR’s July 15 Timetable Changes Allow for LIRR Systemwide Summer Track Work

Crews will be busy at work throughout the Long Island Rail Road this summer making infrastructure upgrades that will enable the railroad to improve service and ensure long-term service reliability. As a result of the work, the Long Island Rail Road is advising customers that new timetables go into effect July 15 with some changes lasting for seven weeks through September 2.

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