LIRR commuters can expect delays traveling this weekend. The transit authority will shut service between Port Washington to Great Neck to carry out scheduled maintenance of tracks and drainage systems. Buses and vans will replace train service.
Eastbound customers traveling to Manhasset, Plandome and Port Washington between 12:50 a.m. on Saturday, July 9 and 12:30 a.m. Monday, July 11 will travel by train to Great Neck and then board a bus or van to complete their journey. Westbound customers traveling during the same period will board a bus or van at Port Washington, Plandome or Manhasset for the trip to Great Neck and a train to Penn Station.
The last eastbound train making the entire trip to Port Washington will depart Penn Station at 11:48 p.m. on Friday. The last westbound train before the outage will depart Port Washington at 12:40 a.m. on Saturday morning. Westbound buses from Port Washington, Plandome and Manhasset will be leaving for Great Neck up to 25 minutes earlier than the regularly scheduled train departure time.
On Monday, July 11, regular eastbound service will resume with the departure of the 12:19 a.m. from Penn Station. Regular westbound service will resume with the departure of the 12:40 a.m. train from Port Washington.
Customers traveling in either direction should allow up to 25 minutes additional travel time to reach their destination.
An LIRR Spokesperson, say the track work cannot be done on weekdays when 43,000 customers are traveling along the Port Washington Branch daily, with two-thirds of those customers beginning and ending their day at Great Neck, Manhasset, Plandome or Port Washington Stations.
About 2,500 customers ride the LIRR to and from those stations on a typical Saturday and Sunday.
Customers can check on LIRR service before heading to train stations by monitoring the MTA website at www.mta.info,Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun