Beginning Monday Ronkonkoma line riders on the Long Island Railroad will have to board a bus as track work will affect all stations from Ronkonkoma to Farmingdale. The work is the final part of a three-month track tie replacement project that began in May. The new disruptions will last at least until August 10.
Manhattan-bound commuters will have to board a bus at Ronkonkoma and ride it to Hicksville, where they can re-connect with a train the rest of the way. This disruption will be in affect on weekdays from approximately 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. According to the LIRR's home page, riders are warned to plan an extra 32 minutes into their daily commute.
East-bound commuters will be affected from approximately 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The trains from Penn Station will travel as far east as Farmingdale, but riders wishing to go further east will have needed to board a bus at Hicksville. Riders using this bus service east-bound should anticipate an additional 18 minutes of travel time.
According to the LIRR, the tie replacement work, when finished, will ensure a smoother, more comfortable ride, and will increase service reliability.