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August 28: Buses Replace Trains between Far Rockaway and Valley Stream

Changes Also in Effect on Long Beach and West Hempstead Branches
Updated August 13, 2021 3:47 p.m.

Service Change

Special timetables will be in effect on multiple branches on two consecutive Saturdays, August 21 and 28, as LIRR forces prepare for concrete tie installation work. Most impacts will be experienced by customers on the Far Rockaway Branch, where buses will substitute for trains between Far Rockaway and Valley Stream beginning at 7 a.m. Customers can use the Long Beach Branch to avoid busing.

A summary of branch-specific changes appears below:

Far Rockaway Branch

Westbound: Customers at stations Far Rockaway thru Gibson will board buses or vans, then transfer to westbound trains at Valley Stream Station. Buses will depart up to 30 minutes earlier than usual train times. Trains from Rosedale, Laurelton, and Locust Manor will depart up to 20 minutes earlier than usual.

Eastbound: Board Long Beach-bound trains for service to Locust Manor, Laurelton, Rosedale, and Valley Stream. For service east of Valley Stream, board Far Rockaway Branch trains, exit at Valley Stream, and transfer for connecting bus service to stations Gibson thru Far Rockaway. Please plan for up to 30 minutes of additional travel time.

Long Beach Branch

Westbound: Trains will depart up to 20 minutes earlier than usual train times.

West Hempstead Branch

Eastbound and Westbound: Trains will originate and terminate at Jamaica Station, and run express between Jamaica and Westwood Station (no stops at Valley Stream).

Travel Tips/Advisories:

  • Some service changes will begin at approximately 10 p.m. on Friday night, August 20 and 27.  
  • Visit mta.info for updates and view PDF timetables online. Printed timetables will not be distributed.
  • Parking permit restrictions/fees are waived at many stations on weekends. Visit here to learn more.
  • Customers are required to wear masks on LIRR trains and property, regardless of vaccination status, and regardless of social distancing. While onboard, masks must remain on for the duration of your travel, including while on buses.
  • Download the free LIRR TrainTime App to plan your trip, and track real-time customer loading information to find the least crowded cars on any train.

For more information

Customer Service Center agents are available to answer questions via live chat or phone between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., daily. 

For service related questions, chat live with customer service agents through the LIRR TrainTime app. To speak with an agent, call 511 or 718-217-LIRR (718-217-5477) and say “Representative” when the prompts begin. Automated schedule information is available via phone 24/7.