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Popular Morning Train Restored on West Hempstead Branch

The 7:23 a.m. westbound train out of Malverne is coming back.

NYS Assemblyman Brian Curran and Sen. Dean Skelos announced Friday that efforts to restore the 7:23 a.m. westbound Long Island Railroad train from the Malverne train station have paid off.

This train, operating on LIRR’s West Hempstead Branch, also services the Westwood, Lakeview, West Hempstead and Lakeview stations.  The morning schedule will revert back to the old 2009 schedule, which was preferred by more commuters, on March 4, 2013. 

Curran and Skelos worked with local officials including Malverne Mayor Patricia Norris McDonald to change the Long Island Railroad’s schedule to reinstate the recently cut popular morning train. The village of Malverne conducted a survey in 2012 among West Hempstead branch commuters, which showed that they clearly favored the 7:23 a.m. train.

"The train service on the West Hempstead line, in particular the 7:23 a.m. train, is critically important to many residents whom I represent," Skelos said. "I'm pleased that the Long Island Rail Road has listened and was able to make this much needed restoration and thank them on behalf of all the commuters who will benefit from this change.

“I’m very happy that the MTA/Long Island Railroad listened to our community,” Curran said. “An overwhelming majority of responses to both my survey, as well as Mayor McDonald and the Village of Malverne’s survey, indicated that they favored bringing back this train. It’s a convenient commuting option, and I’m glad that I was able to lead the efforts to restore it with Senator Skelos and Mayor McDonald,” Curran said.

Mayor McDonald added, "The commuters from Malverne and Westwood stations are pleased to see the morning service restored and all of the village residents are eager for the return of weekend and holiday trains."

But although this is a victory, Assemblyman Curran reminded residents that “it’s only the first step.”  With the start of the new legislative session, Curran pledged to continue working with Senator Skelos to reinstate the West Hempstead Branch’s weekend service.  

“I’m entirely hopeful that the MTA will listen to our suggestions to find the needed resources to start weekend train service again.  We were successful in getting the morning schedule back, and we should continue our fight to restore Saturday and Sunday options too,” Curran said.

Peter Robideau January 11, 2013 at 11:17 PM
That's GREAT progress! Now what can they do about reverting the air traffic back to 2009?
MBR January 12, 2013 at 12:42 AM
so will the 7am train be omitted ?
MBR January 12, 2013 at 12:43 AM
what they need to do is restore the train on the weekends
Rosalie Norton January 12, 2013 at 01:58 AM
The West Hempstead Community Support Association worked very hard to have the new apartment complex built next to the West Hempstead Train Station. The Apartments..West 130....will add a significant amount of commuter traffic to the WH Branch which will result in the MTA re activating the line. Kudos to the residents of WH for recognizing the benefits and supporting the changes needed to have the apartments become a reality. Our civic leaders and our residents have been in constant contact with Senator Skelos and our Assemblymen to add our voices to others looking to have service restored. With three stops in West Hempstead along this branch of the LIRR, we have a large number of commuters who use the train and now need weekend service as well. West Hempstead, Hempstead Gardens Drive and Lakeview stations all in West Hempstead need the weekend service restored and we are working diligently with the MTA and our elected officials to agree that weekend service is warranted.
Robert Powers January 12, 2013 at 03:55 AM
Hello fellow train riders. For those of you who have not heard the Long Island Rail Road is putting the 7:23 train out of Malverne back on the schedule. Yeah!!! This is one good thing but how about the other things we have lost. We still have no weekend service but am told that may resume as well... Let's talk about the schedule coming home in the evening. This is still a major problem. We have a good time schedule of trains leaving out of Penn Station from between the 5:04 and the 8:42. these trains take between 45 and 55 minutes to get home After the 8:42 there is no train until 10:35 and then again until the 12:14am train. And with the transfers it is about and hour 15 minutes. Then remember friday night all West Hempstead trains stop so there is no 12:14 am train. Why is there no 9:30 or an 11:30 train coming through? Does anyone else find this an inconvenience? I am tired of having to come home through Valley Stream and Lynbrook and then taking a cab home. I think that the morning schedule is great but the evening still needs a lot of work so do not pat ourselves on our back just yet. There is much work to do...
agronaut January 14, 2013 at 03:19 PM
You'd be better off putting efforts into adding/improving non-resident parking rights (e.g. allow WH riders to buy resident parking stickers) at Lynbrook or Valley Stream for WH riders. The WH line is a spur that has to switch and merge onto the main line with all the other trains. It is a logistical headache for the LIRR. Adding more trains seems highly unlikely.
Brenda January 18, 2013 at 01:53 PM
Honestly, I liked the convenience of the 8:10 train. It was not my regular train (the 7:40 was) but was my fallback. There were always a number of people on the 8:11 train. Honestly, it would be nice to just be adding the 7:23 train, rather than switching the schedule. And to make a nice suggestion which may ultimately save money but will be rejected by the LIRR due to initial cost outlays - there should be double track midway through the branch - there is ample space between Lakeview and Malverne) to allow for more flexibility in timing and not need to stack trains and personel in WH station
Brenda January 18, 2013 at 02:03 PM
I also should have added that if the 8:11 train is removed, then there is almost a full hour after the 7:40 train until the next train and that is during a PEAK period.

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