This Weekend: New LIRR Expansion Switch

Example of switch replacement work taking place earlier this year at Nassau Interlocking, between New Hyde Park and Merillon Avenue stations.

This weekend, train service will be suspended between New Hyde Park and Hicksville as the Long Island Rail Road continues work to upgrade switches at Mineola by preparing them for the future third track between Floral Park and Hicksville.

Under the LIRR Forward Plan, the Long Island Rail Road has upgraded 23 switches including the recently replaced Nassau Switch. Nassau Switch is one of the most highly trafficked areas with over 200 train traverses every day. These switch upgrades, among many other initiatives, have resulted in 43% fewer cancellations, 22% fewer short trains and 30% fewer trains delayed over 15 minutes.

This upcoming weekend’s switch installation will improve reliability along the corridor and provide the capacity needed for the third track construction. As a result, there will be no train service between New Hyde Park and Hicksville, Sat. Nov. 16 to Sun. Nov. 17. Special weekend timetables will be in effect for all branches.

There will be no train service at New Hyde Park, Merillon Avenue, Mineola, Carle Place, or Westbury. Oyster Bay trains will operate between Oyster Bay and East Williston where connecting shuttle bus service will take customers to/from Hempstead for train service.

NICE Bus will cross-honor LIRR tickets for customers traveling between Mineola and Hicksville in both directions on N22/N24 routes and on the N40/41 routes between Mineola and Hempstead.

The LIRR advises customer to consider traveling on alternate branches. To help customers travel during the outage, the LIRR is doubling service on the Hempstead Branch. Trains will operate at normal service intervals, but on adjusted schedules on the Babylon, Far Rockaway, Long Beach, Montauk, Port Washington and West Hempstead Branches, and between Ronkonkoma and Greenport.

For more information about this weekend’s service changes, the entire November 13, 2019 MTA press release is available here.

The LIRR Expansion Project is setting high standards for construction, and this includes its environmental monitoring commitments. The construction of a third track from Floral Park to Hicksville will reduce train congestion and delays and enable true bi-directional service during peak hours with a more reliable rail network. This transformative work includes several related projects, including the construction of parking garages, retaining walls, improvements to rail bridges and the removal of eight street-level grade crossings. Construction is being managed to minimize the impact on daily routines, with extensive mitigation and public outreach efforts in local communities. For more information, please visit LIRR Expansion Project Floral Park to Hicksville project page on