LIRR schedules changed for weekend track work

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A concrete tie-replacement program means customers using the Hempstead, Port Jefferson and Montauk branches will face slight scheduling adjustments on three successive weekends, starting Friday, the Long Island Rail Road said.

The commuter service begins replacing concrete track ties on weekends between Jamaica and Queens Village starting Friday through Sunday, and continuing on the weekends of Nov. 30-Dec. 2 and Dec. 7-9, according to a news release.

During those weekends, concrete ties on one of the four main tracks in this four-mile stretch will be removed and replaced with newly manufactured ones.

The tie-replacement work originally was to be done on weekends at the end of October and the beginning of November but it was postponed because of superstorm Sandy, the LIRR said.

The rescheduled tie-replacement work is being undertaken now, as the LIRR also continues recovery efforts related to the storm.

"The critical concrete tie replacement work is being accomplished with equipment that is designed specifically for tie replacement and that is not needed for the storm recovery work," the service said in the release.

During each weekend work period -- starting at 9:41 p.m. Friday and continuing until 3:30 a.m. on Monday -- customers at Queens Village and Hollis stations traveling westbound will get bus service to Jamaica for a train connection to points west.

Those customers on westbound Hempstead branch trains traveling to Queens Village and Hollis stations will disembark trains at Bellerose station for bus service to Queens Village and Hollis.

Eastbound Hempstead Branch service will not be affected during the work weekends with the exception of the 10:42 p.m. train from Atlantic Terminal to Hempstead. This train will operate up to five minutes later than normal at stations east of Jamaica.

In addition, some trains on the Port Jefferson and Montauk branches will have their schedules adjusted a few minutes later. Special timetable cards are available for these two branches at stations and terminals and on the LIRR's website at mta.info/lirr.

Copies of a special Hempstead Branch timetable for the work weekends also are available at stations and at all terminals.

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