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LIRR Cuts PM Service, Expects Normal Service Fri AM

LIRR reduces PM service on the Babylon line and others, but assures service will return to normal Friday morning.

The LIRR is again running reduced service for Thursday night’s commute as a result of continuing repair work by Amtrak in the East River Tunnel, but assures riders that service will return to normal Friday morning, according to a statement on the LIRR website.

The repair work is related to Sunday's in that tunnel, which has caused peak service disruptions on all lines – including Babylon, which runs through Lindenhurst – since Monday morning.

Thursday’s reduce PM service is as follows:

  • Cancellation of 20 eastbound evening rush trains.
  • All eastbound evening rush Far Rockaway trains will depart from Atlantic Terminal.
  • Westbound train service to Penn Station terminates at Jamaica, and on Port Washington Branch it terminates at Woodside at approximately 4:30 p.m.
  • Customers advised to use New York City E and Number 7 line service as alternates.

Specifically, the Babylon branch service changes are as follows:

  • The 4:04 p.m. train from Penn, due at Babylon at 5:05 p.m., was canceled. Customers were accommodated by the 4:12 p.m. train from Penn to Massapequa Park, which was extended to Babylon.
  • The 4:34 p.m. train from Penn, due at Babylon at 5:39 p.m., is canceled. Customers will be accommodated by the 4:37 p.m. train from Penn, due at Babylon at 5:52 p.m., which will make all combined stops.
  • The 4:52 p.m. train from New York, due at Babylon at 5:55 p.m., is canceled. Customers will be accommodated by the 5:03 p.m. train from New York to Wantagh, which will be extended to Babylon.
  • The 6:33 p.m. from Penn, due at Babylon at 7:35 p.m., is canceled. Customers will be accommodated by the 6:36 p.m. to Wantagh, which will be extended to Babylon.

In addition, these trains on the Babylon branch will also be affected:

  • The 5:19 p.m. train from New York, due at Wantagh at 6:06 p.m., is canceled. Customers will be accommodated by the 5:24 p.m. train from New York to Freeport, which will be extended to Wantagh.
  • The 5:40 p.m. train from New York, due at Seaford at 6:30 p.m., is canceled. Customers will be accommodated by the 5:47 p.m. from New York to Freeport, which will be extended to Seaford.
  • The 6:05 p.m. from Penn, due at Wantagh at 6:51 p.m., is canceled. Customers will be accommodated by the 6:10 p.m. to Freeport, which will be extended to Wantagh.

Customers should continue to check on service before heading to train stations, said railroad officials, by monitoring the MTA website.

They can also contact the LIRR's Travel Information Center at 718-217-5477 (718-217-LIRR). Hearing impaired customers can use the free 711 relay at 718-217-5477.

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