Between Tuesday and Friday, rail travelers between Speonk and Montauk will need to factor more time into their commute, as buses will replace train service for 72 hours.
The service disruption is due to repairs on three bridges in Hampton Bays at the Shinnecock Canal, North Highway and Montauk Highway crossings. The repairs are part of a $22.4 million rehabilitation project financed by the Federal Transit Administration and the MTA Capital Program, according to the MTA. Work began in 2011, and the rehabilitation is expected to extend the lifespan of the bridges by 35 to 40 years.
During the service suspension, the Long Island Rail Road will also work on a County Road 39A crossing, and a segment of CR 39A will be closed for two or three days.
The track will be out of service from 2:13 a.m. Tuesday until 2:30 a.m. Friday, according to the MTA, which states that outage will affect approximately 364 westbound customers and 413 daily eastbound customers. Heading west, riders should arrive 40 minutes early to catch a bus to Speonk, where they will board a train, the MTA states. Heading east, riders should expect to arrive at their destinations 40 minutes later than usual, after transferring from the train to a bus at Speonk.
The 5:39 a.m. peak train from Montauk will instead originate from Speonk on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and in the evenings, the 6:17 p.m. train from Jamaica will end its run in Speonk at 7:55 p.m.