Here’s what to expect on LIRR, subways this weekend

The Long Island Rail Road's Ronkonkoma Branch and nearly every subway line will have service changes this weekend.
There will be several changes on the LIRR's Ronkonkoma Branch and most subway lines this weekend.
There will be several changes on the LIRR's Ronkonkoma Branch and most subway lines this weekend. (Pixabay)

Any Long Islander who takes the Ronkonkoma Branch of the Long Island Rail Road and plans to head home in the wee hours of Saturday morning may want to listen up.

 

Due to the MTA’s Double Track Project, buses will substitute for LIRR trains in both directions between Farmingdale and Ronkonkoma from midnight to 8 a.m. Saturday.

 

The work, which consists of rail inspections, switch replacement and other track work, affects four trains in both directions.

 

Eastbound trains affected

The trains leaving Penn Station at 12:14, 1:21, 2:53 and 4:43 a.m. will terminate at Farmingdale. Connecting buses to Pinelawn, Wyandanch, Deer Park, Brentwood, Central Islip and Ronkonkoma will depart 10 minutes after arriving.

 

Westbound trains affected

Local and express buses will substitute for the four Penn Station-bound trains normally originating at Ronkonkoma between midnight and 8 a.m. The buses will leave at 11:55 and 11:57 p.m. and 1:21, 1:23, 2:55, 2:57, 4:46 and 4:48 a.m., arriving in Farmingdale 10 minutes before departure.

The local buses will stop at Central Islip, Brentwood, Deer Park, Wyandanch, Pinelawn and Farmingdale.

The MTA said that passengers should plan to add up to 50 minutes of additional travel time during the eight-hour stretch. The buses will not affect local traffic, the agency added.

The LIRR’s Double Track Project aims to improve service and reliability on the Ronkonkoma line, including service to Long Island MacArthur Airport and “dramatically” reduce delays. 

For more info on Saturday’s Ronkonkoma changes, click here.

MTA subway changes for Sunday, Aug. 18 to Monday, Aug. 21

A slew of service changes in the city proper will be in effect this weekend and will affect riders on the 2, 3, 4, 6, A, C, D, E, F, J, M, N, Q and R trains.

Here is just a sample of what straphangers can expect. For complete info, visit MTA.info.

• 2

In addition to the ongoing weekend changes on the 2/3 in Brooklyn that will continue through Spring 2018, 2 trains will be suspended in both directions between Wakefield-241st Street and East 180th Street starting at 9:45 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday. Free shuttle buses will run all weekend.

• 4/6

Downtown 4 and 6 trains will run express from 125th Street to Grand Central starting Friday at 11:45 p.m. through 6:30 a.m. Sunday. The 4 trains will then run local from Grand Central to Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall from midnight Saturday through 5 a.m. Monday.

Uptown 4 trains will run local between City Hall and 125th Street, and 6 trains will go express from Pelham Bay Park to Parkchester on Saturday from 6:45 a.m. to 7 p.m.

• A/C

Brooklyn-bound A trains will go express from 59th Street-Columbus Circle to Canal Street from 11:45 p.m. Friday through 6:30 a.m. Sunday and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday through 5 a.m. Monday.

Brooklyn-bound C trains will also run express from 59th Street to Canal Street between 6:30 a.m. and 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

• D

D trains will run express from Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center to 36th Street starting Friday at 11:45 p.m. through Sunday at 6:30 a.m. Sunday and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday through 5 a.m. Monday.

During that latter time, Norwood-205th Street-bound trains will skip 155th Street, while 182nd-183rd Street will be skipped on Coney Island-bound trains.

D trains will run local in both directions between 34 th Street-Herald Square and West 4th Street-Washington Square from midnight Saturday through 4:45 a.m. Monday.

• N

N trains will not run between Astoria-Ditmars Boulevard and Queensboro Plaza from 11:45 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday. Free shuttle buses will offer alternate service.
 

 
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