Weekend Track Work Means Temporary Schedule Changes on Babylon, Montauk, Hempstead & Far Rockaway Train

Published on : Saturday, November 2, 2013

MTA Rail ImageMTA Long Island Rail Road workers will be replacing switches at a key interlocking in Wantagh over the next two weekends, a project that will result in track outages between Babylon and Freeport and schedule changes for trains on the Babylon, Montauk, Hempstead and Far Rockaway branches as well as trains stopping at St. Albans Station in Queens.

 
The LIRR advises customers to consult the Special Timetables with revised train schedules for each of those routes. The Special Timetables available at terminals and stations and on the MTA LIRR.

 
Here are some of the important changes affecting service branch by branch:
Babylon Branch

 
Saturday and Sunday, November 2-3 & November 9-10

 
Eastbound and westbound train service will be reduced from half-hourly to hourly between Babylon and Freeport as tracks in each direction are taken out of service alternately on Saturday and Sunday, November 2-3 and again Saturday and Sunday, November 9-10.

 
Sunday and Monday, Nov. 3-4 & November 10-11

 
For five hours beginning at 9 PM Sunday night and continuing through 2:30 AM Monday morning, buses will replace trains in both directions between Freeport and Babylon when both tracks are taken out of service at the same time. Customers should plan for up to 20 minutes of extra travel time.

 
Montauk Branch

 
Eastbound

 
Saturday and Sunday trains that normally depart Penn Station at 7:14 AM, 3:15 PM, 4:07 PM and 8:07 PM will instead depart 12 minutes earlier than usual.

 
Sunday night customers on the 9:25 PM train from Penn Station will transfer to buses at Freeport. At Babylon, customers will transfer to the Speonk train.

 
Westbound

 
Sunday night customers on the 8:22 PM and 9:23 PM trains from Patchogue will transfer to buses at Babylon. At Freeport, customers will transfer to Penn Station-bound trains.
Hempstead Branch

 
On Saturday and Sunday, November 2-3 and Saturday and Sunday, November 9-10, the 1:58 AM westbound train from Hempstead will have a later connecting time at Jamaica, leaving Jamaica at 2:39 AM and arriving at Penn Station at 3:02 AM.

 
Far Rockaway Branch

 
On Saturday and Sunday, November 2-3 and Saturday and Sunday, November 9-10, the 1:50 AM westbound train from Far Rockaway will have a later connecting time at Valley Stream, leaving Valley Stream at 2:23 AM and arriving at Penn Station at 3:02 AM. As a result, this train will depart from Laurelton, Rosedale and Locust Manor four minutes later than normal.

 
St. Albans Station

 
Service changes will affect customers using St. Albans Station on Saturdays, Sundays and early Monday morning of November 2-4 & November 9-11. In total, three eastbound trains and six westbound trains are affected.

 
Daylight Savings Time Ends

 
Customers are reminded that Daylight Savings Time comes to an end this Sunday morning, November 3 at 2 AM when clocks will be turned back one hour. Customers should be conscious of the time change when making travel plans.

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