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LIRR adds trains for eastbound commuters during nor’easter

The LIRR experienced scattered delays during Tuesday’s morning commute.

A winter weather advisory was in effect for Nassau County through 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, 2018, urging drivers to watch for slippery roads and reduced visibility. Nassau County Executive Laura Curran held a briefing about the conditions. (Credit: Newsday)

The Long Island Rail Road is adding three trains to its schedule for customers trying to leave Manhattan early during Tuesday’s nor’easter.

On the Port Jefferson branch, a 2:08 p.m. from Penn Station will stop at Jamaica, New Hyde Park, Merillon Avenue, Mineola and continue to all Huntington stops, LIRR spokesman Aaron Donovan said.

A second Port Jefferson train will leave Penn Station at 3:24 p.m. and stop at Jamaica, Mineola, Westbury and Hicksville.

Donovan said one train has been added to the Babylon line. It will leave Penn Station at 2:22 p.m. and run express through Rockville Centre, then make all stops to Babylon.

The LIRR experienced scattered delays during Tuesday’s morning commute.

A train on the Far Rockaway Branch operated about 30 minutes late because of an unauthorized vehicle on the tracks, the railroad said Tuesday morning. The delayed train was the 9:36 a.m. train from Far Rockaway due Atlantic Terminal at 10:33 a.m., the railroad said in an alert at about 10:15 a.m.

The “unauthorized vehicle” was west of Hewlett, the railroad said, but had been moved by about 10 a.m. A second train was delayed seven minutes, the railroad said.

A spokesman said it was unclear why the vehicle was on the tracks, but the vehicle was not hit.

Earlier, the LIRR experienced temporary westbound delays averaging 10 to 15 minutes on three lines because of weather-related signal trouble.

The railroad said just before 8 a.m. Tuesday that trains were delayed on the Ronkonkoma, Port Jefferson and Oyster Bay branches.

Those trains were on or close to schedule by about 10 a.m.

The Montauk Branch, where buses replace midday trains for planned work, had scattered delays early Tuesday.

Suffolk County was under a winter storm warning through late afternoon Tuesday, the National Weather Service said, and Nassau was under a winter weather advisory through early afternoon.

The third nor’easter to hit Long Island in two weeks was expected to dump 9 to 12 inches of snow on the Twin Forks, with potential to be locally higher, the National Weather Service said. The rest of Suffolk could see 5 to 9 inches, with Nassau looking at 3 to 6, and amounts diminishing to the west.

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