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LIRR to restore Long Beach line service Sunday

Commuters board the 7:48 a.m. LIRR train in

Commuters board the 7:48 a.m. LIRR train in Long Beach. (Nov. 14, 2012) Credit: Howard Schnapp

The Long Island Rail Road will restore near-normal service to the storm-ravaged Long Beach branch starting Sunday -- the last of 11 LIRR branches to rebound from superstorm Sandy.

After sustaining serious damage, three of the four electrical substations along the Long Beach branch are now back in service, officials said. Repair work continues on the Oceanside substation.

In mid-November, more than two weeks after Sandy devastated the barrier island, the LIRR began operating limited train service out of Long Beach.

The LIRR will operate a regular weekend schedule on the Long Beach Branch Sunday with four extra holiday trains scheduled eastbound and four extra holiday trains westbound.

Monday, four Long Beach branch trains will be canceled during morning peak hours and four will be canceled in the evening peak because two flood-damaged East River tunnels are still not working at full capacity.

Normal weekend, off-peak fares will be charged on the Long Beach Branch Sunday and regular fares will be charged Monday.

Long Beach customers with a November monthly ticket who were displaced by the storm will still be able to use their monthly ticket on all other LIRR branches until Dec. 1, officials said.

With Candice Ruud

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