This Weekend: LIRR Switch Replacement Work Begins Saturday to Strengthen Infrastructure

The LIRR is working throughout the system to improve the infrastructure to give passengers a smoother ride, including switch replacement work. To complete these crucial replacements, there will be no LIRR train service the weekend of September 6-7 between New Hyde Park and Hicksville, with reduced schedules between Penn Station and Huntington and between Huntington and Port Jefferson. The work will continue on two other September weekends, September 14-15, and 28-29.

This Saturday, September 7, and again September 14, and September 28, train service will be suspended between New Hyde Park and Hicksville as the Railroad replaces a switch between Merillon Avenue and New Hyde Park. Instead of using the Ronkonkoma, Huntington/Port Jefferson and Oyster Bay Branches on Saturday, the LIRR suggests using the Babylon, Hempstead, Montauk or Port Washington branches.

On Sundays, September 8, 15, and 29, train service between Penn Station and Huntington will be reduced to hourly, and trains between Huntington and Port Jefferson will run every two hours.

Special timetables will be in effect for ALL branches on these weekends. Please click here for complete service details.

This work, part of LIRR Forward, complements the overall LIRR modernization program, a multibillion dollar investment in the regional transportation infrastructure that aims to foster Long Island’s economic growth for generations to come. This comprehensive program to reconstruct and improve the LIRR system is moving forward with planning, design and construction. These projects range from large system expansion efforts, such as the LIRR Expansion Project from Floral Park to Hicksville, East Side Access and the Double Track Project from Farmingdale to Ronkonkoma, to improvements to existing infrastructure, such as substation replacements and station enhancements. Collectively, these projects will work together to improve the overall LIRR system efficiency and reliability.

Each project works to advance the goal of modernizing Long Island’s transportation system. Through these modernization efforts, traveling on the LIRR will become faster, more reliable and more comfortable. The program will provide more commuting options between New York City and Long Island as well as intra-Island service. It is vital that these improvements to the LIRR system happen now to make working and living on Long Island easier and to ensure Long Island’s economic prosperity for the next century. For more information, please visit