LIRR trains to be canceled, rerouted for months-long Amtrak repairs

January 07, 2019 - 7:09 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – LIRR riders who survived the “summer of hell” in 2017 are now facing a winter of discontent.

Up to a dozen daily LIRR trains will be canceled or rerouted during the latest phase of Amtrak’s State of Good Repair rail projects. That includes six morning trains and six evening trains. 

The project, which is expected to take about three months but could last longer, will involve ripping out and replacing rails on tracks 18, 17 and 16 at Penn Station.

LIRR is adding two morning trains and three evening trains to make up for the changes. It’s also adding additional cars to some trains to increase capacity.

LIRR President Phillip Eng is thanking riders in advance for their patience.

According to LIRR, work will initially focus on track 18, which will be out of service for several weeks, before work shifts to track 17, and then to track 16 around the end of March. 

The work affects the Babylon, Far Rockaway, Hempstead, Long Beach, Montauk, Oyster Bay, Port Jefferson, Port Washington and Ronkonkoma branches.

More information on the changes can be found here.

Anthony, who was boarding his train Monday morning, was among the many riders saying, “Here we go again.”

“I’ll deal with it one way or another,” he said. “I have no other choice.”

Rail repairs are nothing new for Hank from Cold Spring Harbor.

“I’ve been doing this for almost 50 years and I’m fed up with it,” he said.

Jason, meanwhile, was a bit more understanding.

“If we don’t allow them to do their job, then we’re not going to have a safe and efficient transit system,” he said. “So we’ll manage. It’s all part of living in New York.”