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Weekend shutdowns between Jamaica and Hicksville

On several weekends throughout 2022, trains will not run between Jamaica and Hicksville while we complete the LIRR Expansion Project.
Updated March 14, 2022 10:51 a.m.

We're in the final stages of the LIRR Expansion Project, which will add a new third track between Floral Park and Hicksville. As we complete work on track, signals, switches, and stations, there will be major service changes on multiple weekends throughout 2022. We will also take advantage of these weekends to work on the Queens Interlocking modernization project and the new Elmont-UBS Arena station.

We expect to start running new trains on the new track later this year. Along with East Side Access and the Ronkonkoma Branch Double Track projects, we will be able to run a lot more trains through the corridor, including new reverse peak options.

Service change schedule

There will be no trains between Jamaica and Hicksville on the following weekends, starting at 12:15 a.m. Saturday morning.

On Friday evenings, schedules will be adjusted beginning at 8 p.m. as we begin working on one track. Some trains, especially on the Port Jefferson and Ronkonkoma Branches, will run up to 30 minutes earlier or later than usual.

Normal service resumes at 2:30 a.m. on Monday morning.

  • March 26-28
  • April 2-4
  • April 9-11
  • April 23-24
  • April 30-May 2
  • May 14-16
  • May 21-23

Additional weekends will be added later in the year.

Special timetables will be in effect on all branches on these weekends. We are adding more trains to the Babylon and Hempstead Branches to help you get around, and there are minor departure/connection time changes on other branches.

This spring's work includes:

  • Installing new switches and reconfiguring tracks near Hicksville to prepare for the future third track
  • Replacing the Denton Avenue bridge in Garden City
  • Replacing switches near Queens Village
  • Constructing the new westbound platform and erecting the pedestrian overpass at the new Elmont-UBS Arena station
  • Installing long-lasting concrete ties on the existing two tracks between Floral Park and Mineola for a smoother ride

How to get around

Port Jefferson Branch

Trains will only run east of Hicksville. They will run every hour as far as Huntington, and every two hours to Port Jefferson.

At Hicksville, a special shuttle train will be available to Babylon, where service to and from Penn Station and Jamaica is available.

This detour will add an hour to your trip, so we recommend that you take the Port Washington, Hempstead, Babylon, or Montauk Branches if you can.

Ronkonkoma Branch

Trains will run between Hicksville and Ronkonkoma once an hour. East of Ronkonkoma, trains will run on an adjusted schedule.

At Hicksville, a special double-decker shuttle train will be available to Babylon, where service to and from Penn Station and Jamaica is available.

Bethpage riders: Only the special shuttle train will stop at Bethpage. If you are going toward NYC, you will need to board the eastbound train on Platform B, toward Babylon. If you are going toward Ronkonkoma, board the westbound train on Platform A to Hicksville and transfer there for electric trains to Ronkonkoma.

This detour will add an hour to your trip, so we recommend that you take the Babylon or Montauk Branches if you can.

Oyster Bay Branch

Trains will run between East Williston and Oyster Bay only.

A bus shuttle connects East Williston, Mineola, and Hempstead, where train service to and from Jamaica and Penn Station is available.

Using the bus will add up to an hour to your trip, so we recommend that you take the Port Washington or Hempstead Branches if you can.

Mineola, Carle Place, and Westbury stations

These stations will be closed. Your LIRR ticket will be accepted on the NICE n22 and n24 bus routes for travel between Mineola and Hicksville, including stops near Westbury and Carle Place.

Tickets will also be accepted on the n40/41 bus between Mineola and Hempstead, where you can transfer to train service to and from points west. We are running additional trains on the Hempstead Branch, with trains departing every half hour between 6:30 a.m. and midnight.

If you are traveling between midnight and 5 a.m., a special shuttle bus will run between Mineola and Hicksville, making no stops in between.

To avoid busing, use the Hempstead or Babylon Branches instead.

New Hyde Park and Merillon Avenue stations

These stations will be closed. Use the nearby Stewart Manor or Nassau Boulevard stations on the Hempstead Branch instead, where we are running additional trains. There will be trains departing every half hour between 6:30 a.m. and midnight.

Map of Hicksville to Jamaica shutdown and alternatives

Plan your trip

Use the LIRR TrainTime app to view departure times and plan your trip. You can also download the special timetable for your branch.