On June 24 to 25, the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will be substituting buses for trains at Central Islip and Ronkonkoma on the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) in order for crews to work on the LIRR’s Ronkonkoma Branch Double Track Project.
Work over the weekend will include switch installation and related track work. The $387 million infrastructure project will add a second track to 18 miles from Farmingdale to Ronkonkoma. The project is expected to be complete by the end of 2018.
“This is a major capital project bringing major long-term benefits to the LIRR,” stated LIRR President Patrick Nowakowski. “A second track between Farmingdale and Ronkonkoma will increase train capacity and reduce disruption-related delays. But to reach the point of completion on the project, we need to temporarily impact service. We’ve worked hard to plan this weekend outage so that it will impact the fewest customers possible.”
The trains will connect with buses at Brentwood. A complete train and bus schedule is available on the MTA website.