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LIRR Service To Improve Over Weekend

Long Island Rail Road employees work on the train tracks at Jamaica Station in Queens. (credit: AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Long Island Rail Road employees work on the train tracks at Jamaica Station in Queens. (credit: AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

NEW YORK (CBS 2) – After five days of commuter chaos, the Long Island Railroad promised a slightly better ride for weekend passengers.

Work was scheduled to continue on the line Saturday, but the LIRR planned to run its regular off-peak service over the weekend, with a few exceptions.

Some residual problems remained after a fire in a switching tower at Jamaica Station. Crews were still working around the clock on a series of tests and repairs.

Officials said they’ll wait until Sunday to announce any changes for the Monday morning commute.

Weekend Service:

West Hempstead Branch

Weekend customers on the LIRR’s West Hempstead branch, one of its least traveled routes, will be served via buses between Valley Stream and West Hempstead.

Bus Service Locust Manor, Laurelton, and Rosedale

Customers at Locust Manor, Laurelton, and Rosedale stations will have bus service to and from Jamaica throughout the weekend in place of trains as a result of the switch and signal testing.

Bus Service Hollis and Queens Village

Eastbound Buses Saturday: Customers traveling eastbound to Hollis and Queens Village stations on Saturday, August 28 will have bus service from Jamaica Station; trains will operate westbound from Hollis and Queens Village on Saturday.
Westbound Buses Sunday: Customers traveling westbound from Hollis and Queens Village stations on Sunday, August 29 will have bus service to Jamaica Station; trains will operate eastbound to Hollis and Queens Village on Sunday.

Bus Service St. Albans

Eastbound Buses Saturday: Customers traveling eastbound to St. Albans Station on Saturday, August 28 will have bus service from Jamaica Station; trains will operate westbound from St. Albans on Saturday.
Westbound Buses Sunday: Customers traveling westbound from St. Albans Station on Sunday, August 29 will have Bus service to Jamaica Station; trains will operate eastbound to St. Albans on Sunday.

Far Rockaway Branch

Far Rockaway Branch customers traveling to and from Penn Station on the weekend will make their connections at Valley Stream instead of Jamaica.

Babylon Branch

Babylon Branch customers traveling to and from Atlantic Terminal on the weekend will make their connections at Valley Stream instead of Jamaica .

Oyster Bay Branch

Westbound Oyster Bay Branch customers traveling to LIRR western terminals on the weekend will make their connections at Mineola instead of Jamaica.

Service Updates:
The LIRR will continue to provide updated Service Advisories as repairs progress. Customers should monitor news media and traffic and transit reports and the LIRR’s website for these updates.

For up-to-date travel service information, customers can also contact the LIRR’s Travel Information Center in Suffolk County at 631-231-LIRR, in Nassau County at 516-822-LIRR or in New York City at 718-217-LIRR. The Travel Information Center’s TDD telephone number for the hearing impaired is 718-558-3022.