LIRR service changes continue Friday

LIRR track maintenance personnel use heavy machinery to repair damaged tracks near 63rd Drive and Austin Street in Rego Park, Queens. LIRR president Helena Williams says restoration efforts are halfway completed. Videojournalist: Patrick McCarthy (March 21, 2013)

Long Island Rail Road commuters will continue to face cancellations, diversions and delays during the Friday morning and afternoon / rush hours as crews work to repair extensive damage to tracks caused by a derailment Monday near Forest Hills, Queens.

Four cars of an eight-car, nonpassenger LIRR train went off the tracks just west of Forest Hills about 9 p.m. Monday. No injuries were reported and the cause is being investigated, officials said.

After the derailment, the railroad on Tuesday first canceled 11 morning rush-hour trains to Penn Station, diverting another five to Atlantic Terminal while terminating four others at Jamaica. The railroad, which had earlier said it hoped those measures would not be needed for the evening rush Tuesday, then announced it would not only be forced to implement the altered schedule for the evening rush but announced the morning and evening changes would continue through Friday.


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The following trains will be affected, through Friday, according to the railroad.

Morning peak trains

BABYLON BRANCH

The 5:56 a.m. train from Babylon, due at Penn at 6:59 a.m., will be diverted to Atlantic Terminal.

The 6:14 a.m. train from Massapequa Park, due at Penn at 7:08 a.m., is canceled. Customers will be accommodated by the 6:12 a.m. train from Babylon to Penn, which will make an added stop at Rockville Centre; and the 6:26 a.m. train from Massapequa Park to Penn.

The 6:31 a.m. train from Lindenhurst, due at Penn at 7:33 a.m., is canceled. Customers will be accommodated by the 6:32 a.m. train from Babylon, due Penn at 7:37 a.m.

The 6:57 a.m. train from Freeport due at Penn at 7:40 a.m. is canceled. Customers will be accommodated by the 6:56 a.m. train from Wantagh due at Penn at 7:43 a.m., making added stops at Freeport, Baldwin and Rockville Centre.

The 7:29 a.m. train from Freeport, due at Penn at 8:13 a.m., is canceled. Customers will be accommodated by the 7:26 a.m. train from Wantagh, due at Penn at 8:16 a.m., making an added stop at Freeport; and by the 7:10 a.m. train from Babylon, due at Penn at 8:20 a.m., which will make added stops at Baldwin and Rockville Centre.

The 7:48 a.m. train from Wantagh, due at Penn at 8:40 a.m., is canceled. Customers will be accommodated by the 7:29 a.m. train from Babylon, due at Atlantic Terminal at 8:43 a.m.; and the 8:10 a.m. train from Freeport due at Penn at 8:50 a.m.

The 7:37 a.m. train from Babylon, due at Penn at 8:48 a.m., will be canceled at Jamaica. Customers will be accommodated by the next westbound train to Penn.

The 8:10 a.m. train from Freeport, due at Penn at 8:50 a.m., is canceled. Customers will be accommodated by the 8:25 a.m. train from Freeport, due at Penn at 9:08 a.m., and by the 7:45 a.m. train from Babylon, due at Penn at 8:56 a.m., which will make added stops at Freeport, Baldwin and Rockville Centre.

The 8:25 a.m. train from Freeport, due at Penn at 9:08 a.m., will be diverted to Atlantic Terminal.

FAR ROCKAWAY BRANCH

The 8:03 a.m. train from Valley Stream, due at Penn at 8:42 a.m., is canceled. Customers will be accommodated by the 7:49 a.m. train from Far Rockaway, due at Penn at 8:42 a.m., making added stops at Valley Stream, Rosedale, Laurelton, Locust Manor, Kew Gardens, Forest Hills and Woodside.

The 8:21 a.m. train from Far Rockaway, due at Penn at 9:17 a.m., will be diverted to Atlantic Terminal.

HEMPSTEAD BRANCH

The 6:58 a.m. train from Hempstead due at Penn at 7:52 a.m. will be diverted to Atlantic Terminal. Customers will be accommodated by the 6:39 a.m. train from Ronkonkoma due at Penn at 8 a.m. will make an added stop at Forest Hills.

The 7:12 a.m. train from Hempstead, due at Penn at 8:03 a.m., will be diverted to Atlantic Terminal.

LONG BEACH BRANCH

The 7:23 a.m. train from Long Beach, due at Penn at 8:22 a.m., is canceled. Customers will be accommodated by the 7:39 a.m. train from Long Beach, due at Penn at 8:32 a.m., and by the 7:49 a.m. train from Far Rockaway, due at Penn at 8:42 a.m., which will make added stops at Valley Stream, Rosedale, Laurelton and Locust Manor.

The 8:03 a.m. train from Long Beach, due at Penn at 8:54 a.m., is canceled. Customers will be accommodated by the 8:08 a.m. train from Long Beach, due at Penn at 9:02 a.m.

MONTAUK BRANCH

The 7:12 a.m. train from Speonk, due at Hunterspoint Ave. at 9:11 a.m., will be canceled at Jamaica. Customers will be accommodated by the 9:12 a.m. train from Jamaica, due at Hunterspoint Ave. at 9:28 a.m.

OYSTER BAY BRANCH

The 7:13 a.m. train from Oyster Bay, due at Long Island City at 8:34 a.m., will be canceled at Jamaica. Customers will be accommodated by the 8:19 a.m. train from Jamaica, due at Long Island City at 8:44 a.m.

PORT JEFFERSON / HUNTINGTON BRANCH<

The 5:59 a.m. train from Port Jefferson, due at Hunterspoint Ave. at 7:41 a.m., will be canceled at Jamaica. Customers traveling to Hunterspoint Ave. will be accommodated by the 7:31 a.m. train from Jamaica, due at Hunterspoint Ave. at 7:49 a.m.

The 6:25 a.m. train from Hicksville, due at Penn at 7:11 a.m., is canceled. Customers will be accommodated by the 5:44 a.m. train from Port Jefferson, due at Penn at 7:20 a.m., making an added stop at Hicksville at about 6:41 a.m.; and by the 6:15 a.m. train from Huntington due at Hicksville at 6:33 a.m., making added stops at Carle Place, Merillon Ave. and New Hyde Park.

RONKONKOMA BRANCH

The 6:54 a.m. train from Central Islip, due at Penn at 8:06 a.m., is canceled. Customers will be accommodated by the 6:56 a.m. train from Ronkonkoma, due at Atlantic Terminal at 8:17 a.m.

Afternoon / evening peak trains

BABYLON BRANCH

The 4:52 p.m. train from Penn Station due in Babylon at 5:55 p.m. has been canceled. Customers will be accommodated by the 5:03 p.m. train from Penn Station due in Wantagh at 5:53 p.m. with a stop at Rockville Centre and all local stops to Babylon.

The 5:19 p.m. train from Penn Station due in Wantagh at 6:06 p.m. has been canceled. Customers will be accommodated by the 5:24 p.m. train from Penn Station due in Freeport at 6:10 p.m. with stops at Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Jamaica, Rockville Centre, and all local stops to Wantagh.

The 5:40 p.m. train from Penn Station due in Seaford at 6:30 p.m. has been canceled. Customers will be accommodated by the 5:47 p.m. train from Penn Station due in Freeport at 6:31 p.m. with a stop at Rockville Centre, and all local stops to Seaford.

FAR ROCKAWAY BRANCH

The 5:32 p.m. train from Penn Station due in Far Rockaway at 6:24 p.m. has been canceled. Customers will be accommodated by the 5:49 p.m. train from Atlantic Terminal due Far Rockaway at 6:46 p.m. Penn Station customers should take the 5:46 p.m. Huntington-bound train from New York to connect with the Far Rockaway train at Jamaica.

LONG BEACH BRANCH

The 5:20 p.m. train from Penn Station due in Long Beach at 6:11 p.m. has been canceled. Customers will be accommodated by the 5:23 p.m. train from Penn Station due in Long Beach at 6:18 p.m. with stops at Jamaica, Locust Manor, Laurelton, Rosedale, Valley Stream, Lynbrook, and all local stops to Long Beach.

PORT JEFFERSON BRANCH

The 3:27 p.m. train from Penn Station due in Huntington at 4:33 p.m. has been canceled. Customers will be accommodated by the 3:43 p.m. train from Penn Station due in Huntington at 4:49 p.m. with stops at Woodside, Jamaica, New Hyde Park, and all local stops to Huntington.

The 5:47 p.m. train from Hunterspoint Ave. due in Port Jefferson at 7:30 p.m. will instead originate from Jamaica tonight at 6:07 p.m. Hunterspoint Avenue customers for this train will be accommodated by the 6:08 p.m. train from Hunterspoint Ave., due in Port Jefferson at 8 p.m.

PORT WASHINGTON BRANCH

The 5:11 p.m. train from Penn Station due in Port Washington at 5:47 p.m. has been canceled. Customers will be accommodated by the 5:14 p.m. train from Penn Station due in Great Neck at 5:45 p.m. with a stop at Bayside and all local stops to Port Washington.

The railroad urges customers to visit mta.info for more information and to sign up for email and text alerts.

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