Long Island commuters to ring in the New Year with construction

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NEW YORK CITY — Happy New Year? On Dec. 14, the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced new construction work on the Long Island Rail Road in 2019 that will make commuters wince for the planned work period between Jan. 7 and March 3, 2019.

‪For starters, tracks and switches by Harold Interlocking will be taken out of service for preparation work of creating an East Side Access tunnel connection.

And‪ ‬New York Penn Station? Amtrak’s Infrastructure Renewal Program will take Track 18 at Penn Station out-of-service. Other system projects will impact weekday and weekend riders.

“Amtrak’s Penn Station renewal work is critical to the LIRR’s continued operation to Manhattan’s West Side, and needs to be done as quickly as possible,” Long Island Rail Road President Phil Eng says.

With Penn Station and East Side Access work, the Long Island Rail Road will divert or cancel seven of 144 morning rush hour trains and six of 130 evening rush trains. Five trains are being added before and after rush hours, and some trains will be lengthened to limit seat capacity reductions to less than 1 percent overall. Brooklyn’s Atlantic Terminal will see three diverted morning trains from Penn Station and two diverted trains in the evening rush, along with an inbound diverted evening rush train.

Another Penn Station train will be terminated at Jamaica, N.Y., in the morning and a diverted evening train will be scheduled. A Penn Station morning train inbound will be cancelled and two outbound evening trains will vanish as well.

At both rush hours, stops will be added to newly lengthened trains as necessary to protect ridership at stations for diverted or cancelled trains. Additionally, two trains will be added to Penn Station in the early morning rush, as well as two trains added in the early afternoon from Penn Station, and one new peak train from Hunterspoint Avenue.

Other Long Island Rail Road lines will also be affected.

The Atlantic Branch in Brooklyn will see work, positive train control installation system wide will continue, and Manhattan’s West Side Yard will see work during the construction of the Hudson Yards real estate development above. Hurricane Sandy remediation work on the Long Beach Branch will start, and Jamaica Station improvements will continue. Track improvements will be done overnights and weekends on the Main Line Expansion Project. During the two months one of two tracks along the main line between New Hyde Park and Carle Place will be out of service. Weekends will see concrete tie installation and signal testing on the Main Line between Bethpage and Wyandanch

More information is available online. 

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