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Multiple LIRR trains cancelled, branch lines suspended due to 'switch trouble' near Mineola

Posted: 4:56 PM, Feb 28, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-28 22:38:11-05
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LONG ISLAND — Multiple trains on the Long Island Railroad are being suspended or cancelled in Friday rush hour due to what the LIRR calls "switch trouble" near Mineola.

The railroad has suspended the branch lines in Huntington/Port Jefferson Ronkonkoma and Oyster Bay in both directions for the time being.

"Crews have resolved the switch problem near Mineola and we are in the process of restoring service through the area on the Port Jefferson, Ronkonkoma and Oyster Bay branches," a spokesperson for LIRR told PIX11 News. "Customers can expect cancellations and delays. We will keep you updated."

The LIRR has also cancelled the 4:09 p.m. train from Penn Station to Farmingdale, the 4:18 p.m. train from Hunterspoint Avenue to Oyster Bay, the 3:55 p.m. train from Penn Station to Ronkonkoma, the 4:57 p.m. train from Penn Station to Wantagh, the 4:54 p.m. train from Penn to Farmingdale, the 4:51 p.m. train from Penn to Ronkonkoma, the 4:31 p.m. train from Penn to Huntington and the 5:01 p.m. train from Penn to Ronkonkoma.

The LIRR has been announcing cancellations, suspensions and reroutings every few minutes on its Twitter feed since around 4:35 p.m.

A record number of projects are in the works along the LIRR including new tracks and raised grade crossings.

Weekend schedules are impacted again in March. Special timetables will be in effect on almost all LIRR branches due to critical trackwork along the Babylon Branch this weekend.

PIX11 News' Greg Mocker contributed to this story.