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May 25, 2019 9:44 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: LIRR Train Service To And From The South Fork Expected To Resume On Monday, Memorial Day

A limited number of buses, like this one in Montauk, transported passengers to the Hamptons on Saturday after train service was suspended.
May 27, 2019 3:36 PM



UPDATE: 725 p.m. Sunday

Full train service, on a holiday schedule, is expected to resume on Monday, Memorial Day.



UPDATE: 9:20 a.m. Sunday

Buses will continue to replace trains between Patchogue and Hampton Bays, and the shuttle train will continue to provide service east of Hampton Bays, through Sunday, the LIRR said on Sunday morning. The railroad noted that the two trains that derailed in Speonk had successfully been "re-railed," but said that other damage was still being assessed by track personnel.



UPDATE: 4:50 p.m. Saturday

Buses are now replacing trains between Patchogue and Hampton Bays and a Long Island Rail Road shuttle train is providing service between Hampton Bays and Montauk, according to the MTA.

The MTA says it expects to run service in three segments through Sunday, eastbound and westbound: a train between Pennsylvania Station and Patchogue, a bridge bus between Patchogue and Hampton Bays, and a shuttle train between Hampton Bays and Montauk.The shuttle trains will await the arrival of the buses.

Shortly before 4 p.m. on Saturday, the MTA said that passengers who want to travel to the Hamptons may still want to consider alternate branches or alternate means of transportation to avoid having to transfer. Re-railing is underway, it said, as it continued to evaluate the extent of the damage and investigate the cause of the accident.

There was limited bus service on Saturday for passengers on Montauk Branch trains, according to an earlier post from the MTA.



Original Story:

Service on the Long Island Rail Road's Montauk branch was suspended, most likely for the entire day, on Saturday, May 25, of Memorial Day weekend, after one train derailed and sideswiped another east of Speonk at 4:09 a.m. on Saturday, causing damage.

Customers are being advised by the MTA to use other means of transportation. The MTA says it expects service east of Patchogue, including to the Hamptons and Montauk, to be suspended all day Saturday, May 25.

According to the MTA's Twitter, they will be offering some limited replacement bus services for customers.

Customers should not go to Penn Station, Atlantic Terminal, Jamaica or their local station expecting service to resume east of Patchogue, the MTA said.

No one was injured during the accident, and regular service to Patchogue and Riverhead remains in effect.

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An inside job perhaps!? Now EVERYONE will have to drive by the new billboards on Sunrise Hwy and see the ads!!
By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (688), southampton on May 25, 19 9:53 AM
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That's hilarious!!!
By lursagirl (222), southampton on May 25, 19 11:39 AM
This would be amusing, if it weren't for the fact that the LIRR is the most expensive railroad system in the country, and one of the highest in the world. When subsidies and outrageously high fares are included, it costs more per travel mile than even the highly subsidized systems of the EU, and does anyone think we enjoy anything like the level of service, cleanliness, and expansive timetables of those railway systems? Instead we have schedules that aren't very useful except to NYC commuters ...more
By NateNewtown (96), east on May 25, 19 4:35 PM
How much overtime were the operators of this fiasco trying to book? Probably booking millions more trying to resolve. Taxpayers and riders screwed again and again. The incompetence is criminal and should be treat as such. Its time for this con to end.
By Amagansett Voter (57), Amagansett on May 25, 19 7:20 PM
Yes, but our Town Board has provided for transport for the alleged new commuter train out east and now a new "overflow" parking lot in HB. Very fiscally irresponsible on the part of our Town government.
By G.A.Lombardi (443), Hampton Bays on May 26, 19 7:56 AM
8k run & 3 mile walk, Agawam Park, Southampton Rotary Club fundraiser