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UPDATED: LIRR Service Running with Delays on Port Jefferson Branch

Heavy snowfall has affected train service east of Hicksville.

Shortly before 2 p.m., the Long Island Rail Road announced it is operating according to schedule but with some potential for lingering delays in both eastbound and westbound directions on the Port Jefferson branch, which serves the communities of Port Jefferson, Stony Brook, St. James, Smithtown, Kings Park and Huntington.

Starting around 5 a.m. Wednesday, the Port Jefferson branch experienced suspensions followed by limited service later in the morning. On its website, the LIRR cited "weather-related conditions" for the service disruptions. The agency typically suspends service if 10 or more inches of snow falls in a particular service area, as it did during the late .

LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said "nothing major happened" in between 11:06 a.m., when the most recent suspension was announced, and 11:27 a.m., when the agency announced limited service restoration.

"Starting at about five o'clock in the morning, you could see that there were difficulties out that way," Arena said.

On the Ronkonkoma branch, the LIRR reported around 11:05 a.m. it is operating trains with delays of around 20 minutes, with buses replacing trains between Ronkonkoma and Greenport.

The Tuesday of possible service disruptions, advising them to stay home if possible and take extra care when walking on station platforms. 

For the latest service updates, commuters can check the MTA’s website, call the LIRR’s Travel Information Center at (718)-217-5477, or subscribe to station-specific e-mail alerts from the LIRR.

chris July 27, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Why cann't the MTA restore Monday-Friday off peak hourly trainn service to the LIRR's Upper Port Jefferson Branch? The last time the LIRR offered Monday -Friday off peak hourly train service was in 1977. Why do commuters have to get in their cars and drive to other rail lines to get better service . Please contact the MTA and York State Legislator aabout this matter . All call contact information can be up taking did obtainef on the weiub.By the way I have a copy of a 1977 Upper Port Jefferson Branch with off peak hourly train service.

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