The Long Island Rail Road is warning passengers that it may suspend service Wednesday morning if the winter storm expected to blitz the region hits as .
MTA officials said the LIRR hopes to keep service rolling on all 11 of its branches, but may need to temporarily suspend trains if 10 or more inches of snow accumulate to keep trains from being stranded.
The LIRR said it would continually evaluate the impact of the storm and urged customers to consult the MTA’s website for the latest updates on branches that may be affected by cancellations.
Patch will keep readers updated on the commute out of the , Smithtown, and Kings Park LIRR stations, which are part of the Port Jefferson branch. (The branch is running on schedule as of 9:10 p.m. Tuesday.)
The LIRR already suspended service east of Speonk following Tuesday evening's rush hour. There will be no overnight or morning train service between Montauk and Speonk. Buses will be provided for customers heading east of Speonk, starting with the 8:53 p.m. train from Jamaica, scheduled to arrive in Montauk at 11:57 p.m.
The LIRR has also decided to suspend train service between Greenport and Ronkonkoma starting Wednesday morning.
MTA officials are urging customers who are not required to travel on Wednesday morning not to. Those who must utilize the LIRR Wednesday are urged to “take extra care during the storm,” including watching their steps on platforms and stairways due to potentially slippery conditions.
For the latest service updates customers can check the MTA’s website or call the LIRR’s Travel Information Center at (718)-217-5477.