We're in the final stages of the LIRR Expansion Project, which will add a new third track between Floral Park and Hicksville. As we complete work on track, signals, switches, and stations, there will be major service changes on multiple weekends throughout 2022. We will also take advantage of these weekends to work on the Queens Interlocking modernization project.
Along with East Side Access and the Ronkonkoma Branch Double Track projects, we will be able to run a lot more trains through the corridor, including new reverse peak options.
Service change schedule
There will be no trains between Jamaica and Hicksville on the following weekends, starting at 12:15 a.m. Saturday morning.
On Friday night, buses will replace trains between East Williston and Mineola starting at 10 p.m.
Normal service resumes at 2:30 a.m. on Monday morning.
- September 23-26
- September 30-October 3
- October 28-31*
*On October 29 & 30, there will also be no Hempstead Branch service because the work will require all four tracks through Queens Village to be closed. We are still finalizing our plans for this weekend and will provide more details as they become available.
Special timetables will be in effect on all branches on these weekends. We are adding more trains to the Babylon Branch to help you get around, and there are minor departure/connection time changes on other branches.
This summer and fall's work includes:
- Installing new switches and testing signals near Bellerose to allow westbound Hempstead Branch trains to stop at Elmont-UBS Arena
- Installing long-lasting concrete ties on the existing two tracks between Merillon Avenue and Carle Place for a smoother ride
- Removing wooden platforms at Carle Place and Westbury and placing the new track in service
- Testing the new signal system near Mineola
How to get around
Port Jefferson Branch
Trains will only run east of Hicksville. They will run every hour as far as Huntington, and every two hours to Port Jefferson.
At Hicksville, a special shuttle train will be available to Babylon, where service to and from Penn Station and Jamaica is available.
This detour will add an hour to your trip, so we recommend that you take the Port Washington, Hempstead, Babylon, or Montauk Branches if you can.
Trains will run between Hicksville and Ronkonkoma once an hour. East of Ronkonkoma, trains will run on an adjusted schedule.
At Hicksville, a special double-decker shuttle train will be available to Babylon, where service to and from Penn Station and Jamaica is available.
Bethpage riders: Only the special shuttle train will stop at Bethpage. If you are going toward NYC, you will need to board the eastbound train on Platform B, toward Babylon. If you are going toward Ronkonkoma, board the westbound train on Platform A to Hicksville and transfer there for electric trains to Ronkonkoma.
This detour will add an hour to your trip, so we recommend that you take the Babylon or Montauk Branches if you can.
Oyster Bay Branch
Trains will run between East Williston and Oyster Bay only.
On Friday nights from 10 p.m. to midnight, a bus shuttle connects East Williston to Mineola, where train service is available.
On September 24-25, the bus shuttle will extend to Hempstead, where train service to and from Jamaica and points west is available.
On October 1-2, Oyster Bay Branch trains will not run. Buses will run from all Oyster Bay Branch stations to Mineola and Hempstead, where train service to and from Jamaica and points west is available.
Using the bus will add up to an hour to your trip, so we recommend that you take the Port Washington or Hempstead Branches if you can.
Mineola, Carle Place, and Westbury stations
Tickets will also be accepted on the n40/41 bus between Mineola and Hempstead, where you can transfer to train service to and from points west.
If you are traveling between midnight and 5 a.m., a special shuttle bus will run between Mineola and Hicksville, making no stops in between.
To avoid busing, use the Hempstead or Babylon Branches instead.
New Hyde Park and Merillon Avenue stations
These stations will be closed. Use the nearby Stewart Manor or Nassau Boulevard stations on the Hempstead Branch instead.
- January 22-23
- February 12-13
- March 19-20
- March 26-28
- April 2-4
- April 9-11
- April 23-24
- April 30-May 2
- May 14-16
- May 21-23
- July 9-11
- July 30-August 1
- August 6-8
- August 26-29
- September 9-12
- September 16-19
- January 9-10
- January 16-17
- February 6-7
- February 27-28
- March 13
- April 10
- April 24-25
- May 1-2
- June 12-14
- June 26-28
- July 10-12
- September 11-12
- September 18-29
- October 23-24
- October 30-31