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Long Island Rail Road To Resume Full Service Thursday

Long Island Rail Road (credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Long Island Rail Road (credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Long Island Rail Road announced Wednesday night that it will restore full service on all branches as of Thursday morning.

“We are delighted to be able to provide full service on all of our branches in time for customers who are traveling for the Labor Day weekend,” LIRR President Helena Williams said in a statement.

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In a news release, the LIRR announced that the railroad would be “up and running” on all 11 branches for the first time since Hurricane Irene struck Long Island and surrounding parts of the Tri-State Area.

After Irene, the transit agency was faced with flooding and fallen trees affecting its operations. Those disruptions included a preemptive shutdown of service on Saturday ahead of the storm.

While many branches have been operating since then, service was still disrupted on others.

Though service will be restored, local power outages could affect ticket machines and electronic boards showing train announcements.  The agency said customers at stations where the machines are not working will not be charged higher on-board fares for tickets purchased on trains.

“We want to thank our customers for their patience during this difficult week as well as our employees for their extraordinary efforts and dedication in restoring service following Hurricane Irene,” Williams said.