Buses will replace Long Island Rail Road train service between the Speonk and Montauk stations on the Montauk branch for three 72-hour periods during three consecutive weeks this month while the railroad completes bridge work on the East End.
Service disruptions will occurr between Speonk and Montauk from 2:13 a.m. on Tuesdays to 2:30 a.m. on Fridays on April 10-13, April 17-20 and on April 24-27, as the railroad carries out the next phase of the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s $22.4 million rehabilitation project of several LIRR bridges across the East End.
The track outages will mean significant schedule changes for passengers on the Montauk line during both peak and off-peak times, especially during rush hour travel. On Tuesdays, nine trains will be affected. While on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 trains will be disrupted. Only one train will be affected on Fridays.
The LIRR will provide shuttle buses throughout the disruptions, with customers facing up to 39 minutes of additional travel time depending on their origin or destination. Eastbound trains will terminate at Speonk and buses will carry customers to destinations east to Montauk. Westbound passengers traveling between Montauk and Hampton Bays will be bused to Speonk, where they can board trains to points west.
The track outage will affect approximately 403 daily passengers traveling eastbound and 364 passengers daily traveling westbound, according to a service announcement on the MTA’s website. Work on the Shinnecock Canal, North Highway, and Montauk Highway bridges, all in Hampton Bays, is scheduled to be complete sometime in the fall.
A complete substitute busing schedule can be found in specially printed “East of Speonk” Montauk Branch timetables available at East End stations, on the MTA’s website at mta.info/lirr, or by calling the New York State Travel Information Line from your mobile phone or land line, at 511, and saying “Long Island Rail Road” when prompted.