The MTA has issued a series of cancellations for the Long Island Rail Road, and warns that customers should anticipate significant schedule changes and delays during the Tuesday morning and evening rush hours.
The cancellations are a result of damage to a major switching tower at Jamaica Station caused by a cable fire on Monday morning.
Tuesday AM Service Plan -- August 24
LIRR service on the Port Washington Branch will operate normally. However, the Tuesday AM Rush service plan includes cancellation of 33 westbound AM rush hour trains, or 25 percent of the 144 trains that normally operate. As a result, there will be residual delays from added station stops and scheduled connections will not be available at Jamaica Station to Penn Station, Flatbush Avenue-Brooklyn, Hunterspoint Avenue, and Long Island City. Customers will be able to transfer between trains at Jamaica.
There is no train service between West Hempstead and Valley Stream - bus service will be provided for train service at Valley Stream.
There will be no westbound train service from St. Albans, bus service will be provided between St. Albans and Jamaica.
Westbound AM Peak Service Cancellations:
The following westbound AM Rush trains will be canceled in the modified service plan:
6:38 AM Huntington train due in Atlantic Terminal at 7:36 AM
7:12 AM Huntington train due in Penn Station at 8:10 AM
7:28 AM Cold Spring Harbor train due in Penn Station at 8:25 AM
7:04 AM Ronkonkoma train due in Penn Station at 8:19 AM
7:19 AM Ronkonkoma train due in Penn Station at 8:28 AM
6:57 AM Farmingdale train due in Penn Station at 7:48 AM
6:57 AM Freeport train due in Penn Station at 7:40 AM
7:29 AM Freeport train due in Penn Station at 8:13 AM
8:08 AM Freeport train due in Penn Station at 8:50 AM
8:25 AM Freeport train due in Penn Station at 9:08 AM
6:15 AM Babylon train due in Atlantic Terminal at 7:27 AM
8:16 AM Babylon train due in Penn Station at 9:31 AM
8:35 AM Babylon train due in Penn Station at 9:37 AM
5:18 AM Wantagh train due in Penn Station at 6:08 AM
6:25 AM Hicksville train due in Penn Station at 7:11 AM
8:03 AM Long Beach train due in Penn Station at 8:54 AM
6:54 AM Long Beach train due in Atlantic Terminal 7:49 AM
6:58 AM Hempstead train due in Penn Station at 7:52 AM
6:21 AM Hempstead train due in Atlantic Terminal at 7:08 AM
8:45 AM Hempstead train due in Atlantic Terminal at 9:34 AM
8:03 AM Valley Stream train due in Penn Station at 8:42 AM
8:10 AM Far Rockaway train due in Penn Station at 9:05 AM
7:18 AM Far Rockaway train due in Atlantic Terminal at 8:11 AM
7:12 AM Speonk train due in Hunterspoint Ave at 9:11 AM
5:59 AM Port Jefferson train due in Hunterspoint Ave at 7:41 AM
6:45 AM Port Jefferson train due in Hunterspoint Ave at 8:30 AM
6:29 AM train from Oyster Bay due in Jamaica at 7:24 AM
7:41 AM train from Oyster Bay due in Hunterspoint Avenue at 8:55 AM
5:37 AM train from West Hempstead due in Valley Stream at 5:52 AM
6:53 AM train from West Hempstead due in Atlantic Terminal at 7:41 AM
7:16 AM train from West Hempstead due in Atlantic Terminal at 8:03 AM
7:36 AM train from West Hempstead due in Penn Station at 8:29 AM
8:28 AM train from West Hempstead due in Atlantic Terminal at 9:16 AM
Eastbound (Reverse Peak) Service:
LIRR eastbound, reverse peak service from Atlantic Terminal and Penn Station is expected to operate at regularly scheduled times; however customers should anticipate delays en-route.
There is no eastbound train service from Jamaica to Locust Manor, Laurelton and Rosedale, bus service will be provided.
Tuesday PM Service Plan -- August 24
The LIRR's modified PM Service Plan for Tuesday -- the same as Monday evening's service -- provides about 60 percent of the LIRR's regular 120 trains departing Manhattan between 4 PM and 8 PM. Customers are advised to expect canceled trains, delays and no scheduled connections at Jamaica Station.
Regular service will be offered to Port Washington, so customers may want to consider taking that branch if they can make alternate arrangements for the remainder of their trip home. Aside from the regular Port Washington service, the evening rush hour service from Penn Station will consist of dedicated trains making local stops to Huntington/Port Jefferson, Ronkonkoma/Greenport, Long Beach, Babylon and Montauk.
LIRR is will be offering Hempstead and Far Rockaway-bound trains only from Atlantic Terminal in downtown Brooklyn, which can be reached by subway. There will be no Hempstead and Far Rockaway service from Penn Station.
LIRR customers were also advised of service changes if heading for the following destinations:
Oyster Bay: Travel to Mineola for connections to all Oyster Bay branch stops.West Hempstead: Travel to Valley Stream where buses will be available to take them onto to their home stations. Patchogue, Speonk and Montauk: Customers can connect to those trains at Babylon.
For up-to-date travel service information, customers can also contact the LIRR's 24-hour Travel Information Center in Suffolk County at 631-231-LIRR, in Nassau County at 516-822-LIRR or in New York City at 718-217-LIRR. The Travel Information Center's TDD telephone number for the hearing impaired is 718-558-3022.