NEW YORK (AP)—Long Island Rail Road riders should brace themselves for another weekend of limited service.
The LIRR says there will be "extremely limited service" Saturday and Sunday. It will be running a third of its usual trains in and out of Penn Station. Buses will replace trains between Mineola and Jamaica stations. There will be no LIRR service to Brooklyn.
Those heading to the NYC Marathon on November 7 are advised to use Babylon, Long Beach or Port Washington branches for direct service to Penn Station. The Port Washington Branch will operate every 30 minutes between 9 AM and 1 PM (westbound) and 4 PM and 8 PM (eastbound).
"We have been working closely with our runners from Long Island to make sure they have transportation to the race, including via charter buses, and we are confident that they will be able to get to the start line on time," said Jeff Decker of New York Road Runners, which organizes the ING New York City Marathon. "We also have been working closely with the LIRR to make sure those attending the Marathon as spectators know about the weekend work at Jamaica and are fully informed about their travel options for the weekend. The LIRR has been very helpful in this regard," - MTA spokesperson.
The railroad is working to complete a switch and signal modernization project at its hub in Jamaica, Queens. Severely curtailed service also occurred on Oct. 23-24.
The LIRR is providing information to the public and to its employees on this major project using various media including the MTA/LIRR website at www.mta.info/lirr, customer e-mails, on-train brochures, letters to elected officials, highway Inform signs, station posters, electronic message boards at Jamaica, Penn Station, and Atlantic Terminal, public address system announcements, radio and newspaper advertisements, on-train announcements, and an internally produced instructional video that is posted on the LIRR website and on Penn Station and Jamaica monitors.
Project and service information will also be available on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/mtalirr?ref=nf and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/LIRRScoop.
Customers should pick up copies of the Jamaica Cutover Brochure and the special November 6-7 Jamaica Cutover weekend timetable for their branches at terminals or their local stations. For additional information, customers can also contact the LIRR's Travel Information Center at 718-217-5477 (718-217-LIRR) or visit the LIRR's website at www.mta.info . If you are deaf or hard of hearing, use your preferred relay service provider or the free 711 relay to reach LIRR at 718-217-5477.