MTA Long Island Rail Road crews will be out in force on the Long Beach Branch the weekend of Sept. 21-22 to restore signal system components that were damaged by Superstorm Sandy and increase their resiliency, and to perform maintenance on the Reynolds Channel Bridge, which connects Island Park and Long Beach.
Buses will substitute for trains between Valley Stream and Long Beach starting at approximately 10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, and continuing until approximately 1 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 23.
Long Beach Branch trains will continue to operate on normal schedules between Penn Station and Valley Stream. Customers looking to travel to or from Lynbrook, Centre Avenue, East Rockaway, Oceanside, Island Park or Long Beach will be able to connect at Valley Stream with substitute bus service. Customers traveling to or from Lynbrook will also have the option of traveling via regularly scheduled Babylon Branch train service. Babylon Branch trains stop at Platform A at Lynbrook. Customers should anticipate up to 28 minutes of additional travel time.
Special train and bus schedules for this weekend are available at this link: //web.mta.info/lirr/Timetable/SpecialTT/09-21_22-2019-LB-Sandy-Restorations.pdf
The LIRR is investing $120 million to repair and protect the Long Beach Branch, which was devastated by Superstorm Sandy in 2012. As part of the Long Beach Branch Restoration Plan, three substations (Oceanside, Oil City and Long Beach) were replaced. Substations are vital components of rail infrastructure that provide power to the trains. These substations were constructed and housed on platforms that will ensure they are protected from the risk of future flood waters. The goal of these substation restoration projects was twofold: to ensure flood waters do not damage substation functionality in the future, and to strengthen the reliability and resiliency of LIRR infrastructure. For more information about Sandy Substation Restoration on the Long Beach Branch, please visit the project page on AModernLI.com.