LIRR Double-track project

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LIRR Double-track project
Posted by daveklepper on Friday, April 27, 2018 10:35 AM
Double Track Completion on the Horizon: Final Phases of Work Begin
Most Work to Take Place During Off-Peak Hours; Some Peak Train Schedules Also Affected
The highly anticipated Double Track Project is entering final phases of work this spring, as Long Island Rail Road crews
ready the infrastructure for its expected completion by end of summer.
Beginning Monday, April 30, through Friday, May 18, 2018, LIRR crews will work around-the-clock to connect
new track to the existing second track west of Central Islip Station, while installing a third rail in that same area.
Pre-testing of the signal system at Central Islip will take place during the first week, while the cutover is planned
for the weekend of May 5-6. Contractors will also be working from Deer Park to Farmingdale on new track and signal
systems. New track panels will be installed in Ronkonkoma in preparation of track alignment in June. At Wyandanch
Station, the platform and overpass work will continue with canopies and overpass roofing installation, while, at Farmingdale, new signal huts will be placed.
During this time, service changes are necessary to allow workers to complete these key projects. Although most changes
impact off-peak service, some rush-hour trains will also be affected.
Reliability and service on the Ronkonkoma Branch will be vastly improved by the Double Track Project, while also
reducing delays in the event of a service disruption. Currently, along the 18-mile stretch between Farmingdale and
Ronkonkoma stations, only one track exists for trains running in both directions. When any issue with a train or tracks
arises on this span, service becomes halted as all other east and westbound trains have no way to circumnavigate
an incident train. Capacity needs have demanded expansion on this branch, as ridership on the Ronkonkoma Branch has
doubled since the line was electrified in 1988. Service improvements will also be seen to and from Long Island MacArthur
Airport, near the Ronkonkoma Station, while the region’s economy will benefit greatly by increased, more dependable
service that will allow, for the first time, reverse-commuting capabilities during rush hours.
Following this segment of work, the LIRR will continue essential infrastructure steps in preparation for Double Track’s
completion. Work details and subsequent service changes will be released as soon schedules are finalized.
Service changes for April 30-May 18 are as follows:
Ronkonkoma Branch – Weekday Special Timetable Here
The 7:04 a.m. peak train from Ronkonkoma to Penn Station will temporarily originate during this period at Brentwood
instead of Ronkonkoma. The train will depart Brentwood at 7:15 a.m., with added stops at Jamaica and Kew Gardens,
and arrive Penn Station at 8:23 a.m.  Customers who normally board this train at Ronkonkoma will board alternate
trains 8 minutes earlier at 6:56 a.m. or 15 minutes later at 7:19 a.m.
The 4:11 p.m. off-peak train from Ronkonkoma will depart two minutes earlier at all stops through Bethpage
(Departure times as follows: Ronkonkoma 4:09 p.m., Central Islip 4:16 p.m., Brentwood 4:20 p.m., Deer Park
4:25 p.m., Wyandanch 4:30 p.m., Farmingdale 4:36 p.m., Bethpage 4:41 p.m.), arriving Penn Station at 5:38 p.m. 
The 7:13 p.m. and 7:58 p.m. off-peak trains from Ronkonkoma will be combined into a new train, departing
Ronkonkoma at 7:45 p.m. (stopping at Central Islip 7:52 p.m., Brentwood 7:59 p.m., Deer Park 8:04 p.m.,
Wyandanch 8:09 p.m., Farmingdale 8:15 p.m., Bethpage 8:20 p.m., Hicksville 8:26 p.m., Mineola 8:36 p.m.), arriving Penn
Station at 9:12 p.m.                
The 5:11 a.m. off-peak train from Penn Station to Ronkonkoma will temporarily terminate at Brentwood during this period
at 6:22 a.m. Substitute bus service will be provided for customers traveling to Central Islip and Ronkonkoma. Please plan
for 31 minutes extra travel time.
The 3:07 p.m. off-peak train from Penn Station to Ronkonkoma (usual arrival time 4:25 p.m.) will depart Penn
two minutes later at 3:09 p.m. and arrive Ronkonkoma at 4:30 p.m.
The 7:11 p.m. peak train from Penn Station to Ronkonkoma (usual arrival time 8:33 p.m.) will depart Penn six minutes
later at 7:17 p.m. and arrive Ronkonkoma at 8:43 p.m.
Montauk Branch – Weekday Special Timetable Here
The 6:21 a.m. peak train from Speonk will depart 2 to 3 minutes earlier at all stops through Jamaica (Departures are as
follows: Speonk 6:19 a.m., Mastic-Shirley 6:35 a.m., Bellport 6:42 a.m., Patchogue
6:49 a.m., Sayville 6:56 a.m., Oakdale 7:00 a.m., Great River 7:04 a.m., Islip 7:08 a.m., Bay Shore 7:13 a.m.,
Babylon 7:19 a.m., Jamaica 7:58 a.m.), arriving Penn Station at 8:19 a.m. Note: the Kew Gardens stop has been removed. 
Change at Jamaica for service to Kew Gardens.
Additional Branches
Special weekday timetables for April 30-May 18 on additional affected branches can be found here: Babylon Branch

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