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LIRR to add trains on several lines


On March 6, MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) will add trains to provide more service on several lines.

The railroad will add a morning rush hour train on the Ronkonkoma Branch that will depart Ronkonkoma at 7:40 a.m. and arrive at Flatbush Avenue at 9:01 a.m. The train will replace the Jamaica-to-Flatbush Avenue shuttle train. LIRR also will add an eastbound train that will depart Penn Station at 3:01 p.m. and arrive in Ronkonkoma at 4:21 p.m.

On the Babylon Branch, the agency will replace the 5 a.m. Babylon-to-Penn Station train with two trains — one departing at 5:18 a.m. from Wantagh and arriving at Penn Station at 6:08 a.m., and one departing at 5:12 a.m. from Babylon and arriving at Penn Station at 6:14 a.m.

In addition, LIRR will replace the 5:02 a.m. diesel train running between Speonk and Babylon with dual-mode equipment so the train can move directly to Penn Station and customers won’t have to transfer at Babylon. The railroad also will add two eastbound and one westbound late-evening trains on the Montauk Branch.

Finally, LIRR will increase the frequency of weekend trains on the Huntington and Port Washington branches from hourly to twice per hour.

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