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MTA LIRR restores full service to NY Penn Station
MTA Long Island Rail Road earlier this week resumed service of 14 trains that were previously canceled or rerouted during Amtrak’s infrastructure renewal project at New York Penn Station in New York City.
The repair and rebuild work reduced LIRR’s train activity at the station to 260 daily trains during rush hour. On Sept. 3, the LIRR restored its number of trains operated during rush hour to 274, a 5.4 percent increase, LIRR officials said in a press release.
Five trains that had been canceled are resuming service, six that had been rerouted to Atlantic Terminal will return to Penn Station and three that had been operating to and from Jamaica Station will be extended to Penn Station, officials said.
During the service interruption, LIRR added five trains to offer options to riders. Due to popularity, two of those morning trains will continue to operate: Ronkonkoma Station to Penn Station and Freeport to Penn Station.
Amtrak’s work at New York Penn Station included replacement of track, signaling systems, third rail and power cables, as well as lighting installation and platform repainting, according to Amtrak’s project website.
Meanwhile, LIRR announced that this month its crew will rebuild a complex of switches at Mineola Station that will allow trains to switch between Main Line and Oyster Bay Branch tracks.
The work is expected to reduce the number of train delays attributed to switch problems, LIRR officials said in a press release.
The work will require two Main Line tracks to be fully or partially out of service during three weekends in September: Sept. 7-8, 14-15 and 28-29. This will cause some suspended service between New Hyde Park and Hicksville, and reduced Huntington/Port Jefferson service.
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