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COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM TO 11 AM EST SATURDAY * WHAT...One to locally two feet of inundation above ground level expected in vulnerable north shore communities of the twin forks of LI, north shore of LI, and north facing LI barrier island communities for the Sat AM high tide near the waterfront and shoreline. * WHERE...Northwest Suffolk, Northeast Suffolk, Southwest Suffolk, Southeast Suffolk, Northern Nassau and Southern Nassau Counties. * WHEN...From 3 AM to 11 AM EST Saturday. * COASTAL IMPACTS...Minor to locally moderate flooding is expected in the most vulnerable locations near the waterfront and shoreline. Expect around 1 to locally 2 feet of inundation above ground level in low lying, vulnerable areas. A few to several roads and low lying property including parking lots, parks, lawns and homes/businesses with basements near the waterfront will experience shallow flooding. A few cars may take on water and be damaged if not moved. * SHORELINE IMPACTS...3 to 5 ft surf likely for north shore of LI and north shore of south fork shorefront with Sat AM tides, which will likely cause beach erosion and possibly minor damage to shoreline structures. Along the oceanfront, surf should build to 4 to 8 ft Sat PM into Sun AM, with scattered dune erosion impacts during those tidal cycles. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Minor to locally moderate coastal impacts are possible for the same north shore communities of the twin forks of LI, north shore of LI, and north facing LI barrier island communities for the Saturday evening high tides as well. There is potential for more widespread minor coastal flooding along the southern and eastern bayfront communities of Long Island with the Sunday morning high tide.

New LIRR Train Schedules Start on Monday, February 24th

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Highlights Include Restoration of Two Trains on the Babylon Branch.

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Long Island, NY - February 22nd, 2014 - New MTA Long Island Rail Road timetables going into effect on Monday, February 24 include the restoration of two PM Peak eastbound Babylon Branch trains eliminated in 2010 due to budget cuts.
 
The new train schedules for the LIRR’s 11 branches will be in effect through Sunday, May 18 and reflect the LIRR’s commitment to restore service based upon customer demand. It also reflects the Railroad efforts to keep its infrastructure in good repair. Some of the changes have been made to accommodate new and ongoing construction projects and track repair programs.
 
Babylon Branch
The newly restored service on the Babylon Branch includes:
  • The 4:37 PM train from Penn Station to Babylon will revert to its former status as an express from Penn, first stop Rockville Centre, then all stops to Wantagh.
  • The 4:39 PM train from Atlantic Terminal to Babylon will be restored to the schedule
  • The 4:57 PM express train from Penn Station will be restored to the schedule, operating express from Penn to Merrick, then all stops to Wantagh
  • The 5:03 PM train from Penn Station will continue to operate express to Rockville Centre, but will drop the stops at Merrick, Bellmore and Wantagh that were added in 2010 when the 4:57 PM train was discontinued.
Oyster Bay Branch
The 7:13 AM train from Oyster Bay to Long Island City will be have an added stop at Hunterspoint Avenue. The decision to add this stop came about as a direct result of customer requests for the service.
 
Long Beach Branch
As part of the LIRR’s continuing strengthening efforts following Superstorm Sandy, one of the two tracks between Valley Stream and Long Beach will be out of service on weekdays during the midday. To accommodate the work, eastbound midday Long Beach, Far Rockaway and Hempstead Branch trains will depart 30-36 minutes later.
 
Babylon, Ronkonkoma and Port Jefferson Branches
Also look for some minor midday schedule adjustments on the Babylon, Ronkonkoma and Port Jefferson (to Huntington) Branches. Buses will replace two midday trains between Riverhead and Greenport while new track ties are installed.
 
Main Line: Riverhead to Greenport
From Monday, February 24 through Sunday, May Track work between Riverhead and Greenport, a single track area, will require the suspension of one eastbound off-peak train and one westbound off-peak train. 
 
Eastbound
The 11:37 AM train from Riverhead, scheduled to arrive in Mattituck at 11:53 AM, Southold at 12:07 PM and Greenport at 12:17 PM will be canceled for scheduled track work. Customers will be accommodated by bus service.
 
Westbound
The 12:31 PM train from Greenport, arriving at Southold at 12:41 PM, Mattituck at 1:55 PM and Riverhead at 1.11 PM will be canceled and customers will be accommodated by bus service.
 
Ongoing Construction Projects
Ongoing work on the giant East Side Access project and at Harold Interlocking in Sunnyside, Queens will impact service, as will lighting improvements inside the Atlantic Avenue Tunnel and the ongoing rehabilitation of Massapequa Station.
 
For More Information
For specific train times, please pick up a copy of the new February 24-May 18, 2014 timetable or consult mta.info/lirr. For additional information customers can go to LIRR’s website at www.mta.info or reach the LIRR's Customer Service Center by calling 511, the New York State Travel Information Line, and say “Long Island Rail Road,” when prompted. The deaf or hard of hearing can use their preferred relay service provider for the free 711 relay to reach the LIRR at 511. For immediate notice of service changes, sign up for email or text alerts at www.mymtaalerts.com.