On Tuesday, November 13, 2012, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) was restoring limited weekday train service on the Long Beach branch. Service will run on weekdays, running hourly during peak periods and every two hours during off peak times, between 4:58 a.m. and 8:58 p.m.
This is the first time that LIRR trains have resumed travel between Long Beach and Lynbrook, with the major shutdown caused by Hurricane Sandy's knocking out third rail power on the entire branch.
The LIRR will use diesel trains which do not require third rail power to bring back travel on the Long Beach branch, and trains will make all stops between Long Beach and Lynbrook. Note that during off peak periods, customers may have to wait at Lynbrook for up to 15 minutes for connecting service.
The Long Beach branch will not run on weekends or holidays, and this includes
Thanksgiving Day. However, there will be bus service provided at each station between Long Beach and Lynbrook.
The LIRR's peak and off-peak fares will be in effect for this service, but note that customers
will only be charged the station fare for purchasing tickets on the train from Long Beach
to Centre Avenue. Power to some of the stations and to ticket machines along the branch
The lower station fares will be charged for all customers who board at
Centre Avenue, East Rockaway, Oceanside, Island Park and Long Beach. However, customers are still encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance whenever this is possible.
LIPA has restored power to the LIRR's Long Beach station and the ticket office
will be open. The Lynbrook ticket office will also be open five days a week during
On November 6, 2012, the LIRR opened its Long Beach waiting room to function as a comfort station, giving
residents the opportunity to keep warm, to use the toilet facilities and to access power strips to charge their cell
phones and other electronic devices. The LIRR has also been running a free
shuttle bus service along the branch.