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LIRR Schedule - Saturday, 2/9/13 - After The Storm

By February 9, 2013

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I hope everyone is doing well after this snowstorm. As of this morning, Saturday, February 9, 2013, the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) has informed customers that it will operate trains on its four busiest branches while continuing to clear snow from its tracks. Because of snow accumulations as much as 30 inches in some areas, the LIRR temporarily suspended service on its Far Rockaway, Long Beach, Hempstead and Oyster Bay branches, as well as the Montauk branch east of Speonk, the Port Jefferson branch east of Huntington and the Ronkonkoma branch east of Farmingdale. (The West Hempstead branch doesn't operate on weekends.)

Because of high snow drifts from the storm and weather-related third rail icing, as well as switch and signal problems, the LIRR deemed it unsafe to operate on the abovementioned branches. They note that service will be restored on those branches as soon as it is safe.

The LIRR's policy is to temporarily suspend service when snow accumulations reach 10 to 13 inches.

It's best not to travel, but if you must, then check the LIRR's Modified Schedule 4 under the storm recovery timetables on their homepage at www.mta.info/lirr. Under this modified schedule, trains are now running every two hours out of Penn Station, making all stops on the Babylon and Port Washington branches. Trains are also running every two hours on the Port Jefferson branch as far as Huntington, and on the Ronkonkoma branch as far as Farmingdale.

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