MEDIA ADVISORY: LIRR CUSTOMERS ARE ADVISED TO EXPECT CANCELED TRAINS, DELAYS FOR THURSDAY'S AM & PM RUSH HOURS, AUGUST 26
MTA Long Island Rail Road is advising customers to expect significant schedule changes and delays during Thursday's morning and evening rush hours (August 26) as a result of damage to a major switching tower at Jamaica Station caused by a cable fire on Monday morning.
LIRR crews are continuing the time-consuming process of thoroughly assessing the extent of the damage to the tower's switching board and wiring. Since Monday, crews have been working round-the-clock on repairs and the LIRR expects the repair phase of the work to the tower's switching machine and wiring to be completed by late Wednesday evening. In the repair process, over two-hundred wires needed to be checked for damage and replacements made. However, as the LIRR enters into the testing phase, it is possible additional damage could be discovered, requiring further equipment replacements. It is likely that the testing and additional replacements will take several days to complete. Intricate and thorough testing must be performed on the 77 switching points and 53 signals that Hall Tower controls. It is anticipated that off-peak service adjustments may be required during this testing phase.
From the preliminary LIRR investigation into the incident, it appears that the cause of the cable fire was weather-related, but the investigation is ongoing.
Hall Tower is a key signal tower through which trains are switched to appropriate tracks into and out of Jamaica Station. With its electrical signal system disabled, trains can only proceed through Hall using a manual system employed to ensure maximum safety during an emergency such as this.
Thursday AM Service Plan Aug. 26 Eastbound & Westbound
While the Thursday AM Rush service plan includes cancellation of 33 westbound AM rush hour trains, the LIRR will be running 75 percent of the 144 trains that normally operate. However, there will be residual delays from added station stops. Customers will be able to exit or board trains at Jamaica Station, however trains stopping at Jamaica will not be held for scheduled connections to/from Penn Station, Atlantic Terminal, Hunterspoint Avenue, and Long Island City. LIRR station personnel will be available at Jamaica to assist customers with service information.
Westbound AM Service Plan
LIRR service on the Port Washington Branch will operate normally.
There is no train service between West Hempstead and Valley Stream bus service will be provided for train service at Valley Stream.
There will be no westbound train service from St. Albans bus service will be provided between St. Albans and Jamaica
The modified plan also includes service changes for the eastbound (reverse) AM Rush.
Westbound AM Peak Train Cancellations - Thursday, Aug. 26:
The following westbound AM Rush trains will be canceled in the modified service plan:
Port Jefferson Branch
The 5:59 AM Port Jefferson train due in Hunterspoint Ave at 7:41 AM
The 6:45 AM Port Jefferson train due in Hunterspoint Ave at 8:30 AM
The 6:38 AM Huntington train due in Atlantic Terminal at 7:36 AM
The 7:12 AM Huntington train due in Penn Station at 8:10 AM
The 7:28 AM Cold Spring Harbor train due in Penn Station at 8:25 AM
The 6:25 AM Hicksville train due in Penn Station at 7:11 AM
The 6:57 AM Farmingdale train due in Penn Station at 7:48 AM
The 7:04 AM Ronkonkoma train due in Penn Station at 8:19 AM
The 7:19 AM Ronkonkoma train due in Penn Station at 8:28 AM
The 5:18 AM Wantagh train due in Penn Station at 6:08 AM
The 6:15 AM Babylon train due in Atlantic Terminal at 7:27 AM
The 6:57 AM Freeport train due in Penn Station at 7:40 AM
The 7:29 AM Freeport train due in Penn Station at 8:13 AM
The 8:10 AM Freeport train due in Penn Station at 8:50 AM
The 8:16 AM Babylon train due in Penn Station at 9:31 AM
The 8:25 AM Freeport train due in Penn Station at 9:08 AM
The 8:35 AM Babylon train due in Penn Station at 9:37 AM
Long Beach Branch
The 6:54 AM Long Beach train due in Atlantic Terminal 7:49 AM
The 8:03 AM Long Beach train due in Penn Station at 8:54 AM
LIRR CUSTOMERS ADVISED TO EXPECT CANCELED TRAINS, DELAYS FOR THURSDAY'S AM & PM RUSH HOURS, AUG. 26
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