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Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad Issue Service Updates Ahead of Hurricane Henri

Updated August 21, 2021 6:15 p.m.

No LIRR Service East of Patchogue on the Montauk Branch or to/from Greenport on Sunday, August 22  


Metro-North Suspending Service on the Entire New Haven Line and the Wassaic Branch of the Harlem Line on Sunday, August 22  


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Officials from MTA Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad announced service updates ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Henri, which is expected to bring heavy rainfall, damaging winds and storm surges to Eastern Long Island and parts of Connecticut. 

“These service changes are to ensure the safety of LIRR customers and employees which will always be our top priority,” said LIRR President Phil Eng. “We strongly advise customers avoid unnecessary travel if possible. Our workforce will be out working to enable us to restore service on the east end once it is safe to do so. If you have to travel, real-time information is available through our TrainTime app, which is the best place to look for the latest travel data before, during, and after any storm.” 

“The projected path of Hurricane Henri shows the most significant potential impacts will be to Metro-North customers in Connecticut, but current forecasts predict tropical storm force winds across our territory,”” said Metro-North President Catherine Rinaldi. “Metro-North territory is particularly vulnerable to high winds due to trees and overhead power wires, and and we are suspending service on the Wassaic Branch of the Harlem Line and the entire New Haven Line in an effort to keep customers and employees safe.  Harlem and Hudson Line customers should avoid unnecessary travel and continue to check the MTA website or Twitter for additional updates, as additional service changes may be required as the storm moves through our area.” 

Long Island Rail Road 

There will be no LIRR service east of Patchogue on the Montauk Branch or on the Greenport line on Sunday, August 22. Patrol trains, provided safe to do so, will operate to assess for down trees, power lines and other damage. While the LIRR is procuring buses, travel via roads may not be viable given the strength of the hurricane and potential down trees and wires on the roads.    

On Saturday, August 21, the last westbound train will depart Greenport at 9:03 p.m. The last westbound train departing Montauk is the 7:37 p.m. and the final westbound train from Speonk will depart  at 11:57 p.m.  

The last eastbound train to Montauk left Jamaica at 12:10 p.m. on Saturday, August 21. The last eastbound train to Greenport will depart from Ronkonkoma at 6:50 p.m. and the final eastbound train to Speonk will leave Jamaica at 7:41 p.m 

Metro-North Railroad 

On Sunday, August 22, Metro-North will be suspending service on the Wassaic Branch of the Harlem Line and on the entire New Haven Line, including the New Canaan, Danbury and Waterbury Branches. Service will operate every two hours on the Hudson and Harlem Lines, and there will be no buses on the Waterbury branch. 

For Metro-North’s Wassaic Branch customers, the last train to Wassaic will depart Grand Central at 12:10 a.m. and run express to Southeast, connecting with the 1:52 a.m. shuttle to Tenmile River, where it arrives at 2:25 a.m. on Sunday, August 22. The last train to depart Wassaic will be the 10:15 p.m. shuttle to Southeast, which connects with the 11:10 p.m. express to Grand Central, where it is scheduled to arrive at 12:52 a.m.   

On the New Haven Line, the last two trains to depart Grand Central Terminal will be the 1:47 a.m. express train to New Haven, which is scheduled to arrive at 4:09 a.m. on Sunday, and the 1:53 a.m. local train to Stamford, which is scheduled to arrive at 3:14 a.m. The last train to depart New Haven will be 11:35 p.m., which arrives at Grand Central at 1:46 a.m. The last train to depart Stamford with be the 12:58 a.m. local train providing connections from the New Haven train, and will arrive at Grand Central at 2:13 a.m. on Sunday, August 21. 

For real-time service updates and information, customers may use the following options:  

  • Check mta.info or the MYmta app for updates, including modified emergency schedules.  
  • Follow @MTA and the MTA’s operating agencies on Twitter.  
  • Sign up for text message or email alerts at mymtalerts.com.