Budget cuts mean five weekday trains on three branches and some weekend service to Freeport will be canceled this summer, the LIRR announced Thursday.
The new schedule, which takes effect Monday, includes additional revisions on several branches that will last through early September while Long Island Rail Road crews perform track work.
The canceled trains include a morning rush-hour train on the Hempstead branch, an afternoon rush-hour train on the Babylon branch and three late-night trains on the Montauk branch.
Weekend morning trains to Freeport normally offered during the summer months to help riders get to Jones Beach will be canceled this year.
The cancellations are part of an effort to cut spending this year by $12 million, LIRR officials said. The budget cuts were approved in December.
Some tracks will be out of service on the Long Beach, Far Rockaway, Hempstead, Port Washington, Port Jefferson and main line branches because of track work. The Main Line branch includes Ronkonkoma, Port Jefferson, Oyster Bay and Montauk trains.
The work includes replacing track ties and third-rail protection boards, grade crossing renewal and retaining wall maintenance, the railroad said.
The new timetable runs from May 18 to Sept. 7. Copies of the schedule can be picked up LIRR stations and terminals.
Here are the changes:
Hempstead branch: The 7:23 a.m. train from Hempstead to Flatbush Avenue is canceled. Hempstead, Country Life Press, Garden City, Nassau Boulevard and Stewart Manor customers will have service available 11 minutes earlier or 13 minutes later. Stops will be added to the 7:26 a.m. train from East Williston to accommodate Queens Village customers at 7:42 a.m. and Hollis customers at 7:44 a.m.
Babylon branch: The 4:21 p.m. train from Penn Station making stops at Rockville Centre, Baldwin and Freeport is canceled. These stops will be added to the 4:12 p.m. train from Penn Station. Customers can also take the 4:32 p.m. train from Penn Station and change at Jamaica for service to Rockville Centre, Baldwin and Freeport.
Montauk branch: Three trains are canceled, including the 10:29 p.m. and 12:39 a.m. trains from Babylon to Patchogue, and the 11:27 p.m. train from Patchogue to Babylon. Service will be available an hour earlier or an hour later to all affected stations.
Freeport: Weekend eastbound morning summer service usually added to accommodate Jones Beach customers will not operate this year. These trains also served as connections to Montauk service in Jamaica that will be accommodated by existing Babylon branch trains from Penn Station.
Long Beach, Far Rockaway and Hempstead branches: One of two tracks between Valley Stream and Island Park on the Long Beach branch will be out of service midday weekdays for a track-tie replacement program. Six eastbound midday Long Beach branch trains will depart 26 minutes later, eight eastbound Far Rockaway branch trains will depart up to 31 minutes later and seven Hempstead branch trains (connecting at Jamaica) will depart up to 30 minutes later.
Main Line (including Ronkonkoma, Port Jefferson, Oyster Bay and Montauk trains): One of two tracks will be out of service midday weekdays for renewal work on the Covert Avenue grade crossing in New Hyde Park. Affected trains will operate up to 13 minutes later.
Port Washington branch: One of two tracks will be out of service between the Mets-Willets Point and Bayside stations to allow for third-rail protection board replacement and retaining wall maintenance. Twelve midday weekday eastbound trains will depart 10 minutes earlier and 12 midday weekday westbound trains will operate five minutes earlier.
Port Jefferson branch: One of two tracks will be out of service on weekends to accommodate renewal work at the Oakwood Road grade crossing in Syosset. Eastbound trains to Huntington will depart between three minutes earlier and one minute later and westbound trains from Huntington will depart up to seven minutes earlier.
For more information, call the LIRR's travel information center in Suffolk County at 631-231-LIRR, in Nassau County at 516-822-LIRR or in New York City at 718-217-LIRR.
The TDD telephone number for the hearing-impaired is 718-558-3022.
Schedule information also is available at mta.info.
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