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May 9, 2018 10:30 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

LIRR To Offer Early Morning Rush Hour Service From Southampton To Manhattan

The Southampton Train Station. VALERIE GORDON
May 9, 2018 10:30 AM

East End residents who live closer to Southampton will no longer need to travel 21 miles to Speonk to catch a non-stop early-morning train into Penn Station.

As of May 21, the Long Island Rail Road will be offering morning rush hour service from Southampton, stopping at Hampton Bays and Westhampton Beach, before continuing to Penn Station. The train that currently originates in Speonk at 5:08 a.m. will be extended to originate from the Powell Avenue station at 4:41 a.m., arriving at Penn Station at 7:02.

A round-trip peak ticket from Southampton to Penn will cost commuters $29.25 if bought on the platform or through the MTA’s eTix app, $35 on board, or $500 for a monthly ticket.

Additionally, as part of a larger $1 billion Metro North Railroad project, Positive Train Control—a type of train protection system that controls train movements, stopping them automatically in dangerous situations—will be installed on the Montauk Branch, potentially by the end of the year, according to MTA Deputy Communications Director Aaron Donovan.

The installation of PTC will pave the way for MTA engineers to install a modernized signal system, similar to traffic lights, between Speonk and Montauk, which previously had operated under a “manual block” without signals—also known as “dark territory,” Mr. Donovan said.

A signal device, which could either signal red or green, sits along the side of the tracks and would work in conjunction with PTC. For example, if the light is red, the train will stop automatically without relying on the train conductor. The system is expected to cost $79.1 million to install.

“Right now, we depend on train engineers to stop the train,” Mr. Donovan said. “Once you have the signalized system, it allows the railroad to have more direct control.”

MTA officials are advising commuters to pick up a copy of their new branch timetable at their station or online at the LIRR’s schedules page. Train schedules are also available via the LIRR Train Time app.

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$29.25 is a one way fare, not round trip.
By 11946HB (8), Hampton Bays on May 10, 18 1:21 AM
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