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Near-Normal LIRR Service But Some Suspensions Remain

Latest update from MTA warns of continuing delays as snow removal continues on tracks.

The Long Island Rail Road said weekend service was near normal as of Sunday morning but is warning commuters some suspensions remain and delays should be expected as Monday arrives.

Weekend service has been restored on the Ronkonkoma, Huntington, Babylon, Port Washington, Far Rockaway, Long Beach, Hempstead and Oyster Bay branches, according to a news alert from the MTA mid-day Sunday.

But service remains suspended east of Ronkonkoma, east of Babylon and east of Huntington. Commuters are advised to expect delays and build in extra travel time, as well as train cancellations due to moving snow removal equipment around, according to the MTA.

“Until service is fully restored, our crews will continue working around the clock clearing snow and ice from the tracks, clearing yards, inspecting signals, train equipment, switches and grade crossings,” said LIRR President Helena Williams in the press statement. “The biggest tasks right now are removing snow and clearing ice from the third rail.”

The MTA said road closures have hindered the LIRR’s ability to get crews and equipment to key locations and that than 1,200 employees worked before, during and after the storm. The LIRR is keeping station waiting rooms open through Monday.

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