Service will increase to Penn Station and more direct trains to Brooklyn will be added in September, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said Friday.
The MTA said that the new schedules will mean more morning express service on the Huntington and Ronkonkoma branches. All but four morning peak Ronkonkoma trains operate express to Jamaica from either Hicksville or Bethpage and two trains from Huntington operate express from Syosset or Hicksville; two new morning peak trains originating from Hicksville and Westbury have been added to provide local service. There will also be more express service between Jamaica and Penn Station during the morning peak overall.
The introduction of service to Grand Central led to an outcry about loss of service to Penn Station and dificulty traveling to the Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn.
These are the changes on the Port Jefferson line:
Port Jefferson Branch
- In the morning peak, the LIRR will add two local trains to Penn Station, which allow two trains from Huntington to operate express and reroute two trains that currently serve Grand Central to Atlantic Terminal, Brooklyn:
- The two new local trains to Penn Station will originate at Westbury at 6:34 a.m. and the other at Hicksville at 8:14 a.m.
- The 6:13 a.m. train from Huntington to Penn Station will depart at 6:15 a.m. and operate express from Hicksville to Jamaica.
- The 8:02 a.m. train from Huntington to Grand Central will depart six minutes later at 8:08 a.m. and operate express from Syosset to Jamaica.
- The 4:59 a.m. train from Huntington will depart five minutes earlier at 4:54 a.m. and run to Atlantic Terminal instead of Grand Central, with added stops at Floral Park, Elmont, Queens Village and Hollis.
- The 7:52 a.m. train from Mineola will start in Westbury at 7:47 a.m. and run to Atlantic Terminal, Brooklyn, instead of Grand Central, with an added stop at Carle Place.