In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, residents in Malverne and West Hempstead have been waiting for a return to "normalcy" and for many, that may begin Monday with their morning train commute.
Some service will be retored Monday to the West Hempstead Branch of the Long Island Railroad, which stops in West Hempstead, Lakeview, Malverne and Westwood. The LIRR will operate on a modified schedule Monday, Nov. 5, on the West Hempstead Branch, as the recovery from Hurricane Sandy continues.
The LIRR told customers to anticipate 10-15 minute delays due to heavier-than-normal crowding, as well as reduced capacity due to two of the four East River Tunnels remaining out of service because of flooding and flood damage. Customers are urged to stagger their departure times to ease crowding.
The LIRR will be offering limited two-hourly train service between West Hempstead and Atlantic Terminal with westbound trains departing at 5:35, 6:35, 7:35, then every two hours at 35 minutes past the hour until 11:35 p.m. Eastbound trains departing Atlantic Terminal at 7:27 a.m., then every two hours at 27 minutes past the hour until 10:27 PM. See modified West Hempstead schedule for Monday here: http://bit.ly/WkXLIt
Off-peak fares are being collected on all LIRR trains. No on-board penalty fees will be charged. Additionally, LIRR customers should hold on to their October monthly tickets and current weekly tickets as they will remain valid for travel through Monday, November 5.