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MTA LIRR Plans to Offer Regular Weekend Train Service with Some Exceptions as Repairs & Testing Cont

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The LIRR continues to make progress on repairing critical switching and signal equipment damaged in Monday’s fire in a signal tower east of Jamaica, where 10 of 11 LIRR branches converge.


More than half of the 300 tests that must be done to insure safe operation of the signal system have been completed. Testing will continue during the weekend.


The LIRR will run its regular weekend off-peak service with some exceptions.


As testing continues, it is possible that further damage from Monday’s fire could be uncovered, requiring additional rewiring of switching equipment. The LIRR will closely monitor the progress of the repair work and testing program throughout the weekend.


LIRR crews will be working around the clock during the weekend in an effort to restore full service for Monday morning’s rush hour. However, customers should be aware that accomplishing that goal depends upon the results of testing being conducted on Saturday and Sunday.


Depending upon the progress of the testing of the switch and signal system in this critical area of the Railroad, the LIRR may have to continue running a reduced AM and PM rush hour schedule on Monday.


Safety remains the LIRR’s top priority. If more repairs or further testing becomes necessary, the LIRR will continue using a manual method to switch trains in the area east of Jamaica as a safety precaution.




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