With the worst of the weather set to begin in the p.m. hours Friday, the Long Island Rail Road has announced that it will run extra eastbound trains during the afternoon to get commuters home.
Eight additional trains will depart from NYC between 1:46 p.m. and 3:48 p.m. On the Babylon Branch, three extra trains are on tap:
- a 2:32 p.m. train from Penn Station running express to Lynbrook and then all local stops to Babylon
- a 3 p.m. train from Penn Station with stops at Jamaica and Rockville Centre and then all local stops to Babylon
- a 3:31 p.m. train from Penn Station running express to Rockville Centre and then all local stops to Babylon
"Customers are urged to take advantage of this service because the possibility exists that regular evening schedule may need to be curtailed," a statement on the LIRR's website reads. "If snow accumulations reach between 10-13 inches, the LIRR may have to suspend service for safety of customers and to give LIRR crews chance to clear snow from tracks and third rail."
The latest update from the National Weather Service is calling for up to 20 inches of snow to slam the area before the storm ends Saturday afternoon.
There are no extra trains Friday on the Ronkonkoma Branch. For details on extra trains on other branches, go here.
For the latest information on train service, the LIRR urges riders to visit www.mta.info or monitor LIRR service alerts via email. Customers can also call 511, the New York State Travel Information line, and say: Long Island Rail Road.