MTA: Buses to replace weekday trains while track repaired

LIRR riders board an eastbound train out of Riverhead last summer. (Credit: Steve Rossin, file)

Due to construction projects and track repairs, buses will be replacing Long Island Rail Road trains running between Ronkonkoma and Greenport beginning Sept. 2 and ending Nov. 16, the MTA announced.

The buses will replace four weekday trains — two eastbound and two westbound — between the two train stops while ties are replaced and grade crossings are restored. 

“Whenever Long Island Rail Road plans for service adjustments it always does so with the customer’s needs in mind,” said Meredith Daniels, an MTA spokeswoman.

She said fewer customers are impacted with the mid-day trains.

Heading east, the buses will depart five minutes later than normal train times for the 10:42 a.m. and 2:42 p.m. trains and will make all scheduled stops.

A 10:47 a.m. bus will replace the normal 10:42 a.m. train from Ronkonkoma, arriving in Greenport at 12:12 p.m. A 2:47 p.m. bus will replace the 2:42 p.m. train that travels from Ronkonkoma to Riverhead, arriving in Riverhead at 3:32 p.m.

While traveling west, the bus departures will be earlier than normal train times. A 9:14 a.m. bus will replace the 9:21 a.m. train from Riverhead, and will reach Ronkonkoma at 10:11 a.m. A 12:32 p.m. bus will replace the 12:42 p.m. train from Greenport and will arrive in Ronkonkoma at 2:01 p.m.

The Babylon branch will also have a schedule change during the two months. More information and new timetables can be viewed at