LIRR customers will see service cuts to several lines starting Monday, including trains on the Port Jefferson branch.
The 5:11 p.m. train from Hunterspoint Avenue will be partially canceled. It will instead originate in Huntington at 6:15 p.m. Customers can connect with this train by taking a new 4:59 p.m. departure from Hunterspoint Avenue, and the 5:06 p.m. train from Penn Station to Huntington, which will have added Jamaica and Mineola stops. The new 4:59 p.m. departure is available by re-scheduling the 4:54 p.m. peak train from Long Island City to Oyster Bay to leave 10 minutes earlier at 4:44 p.m. and adding a Hunterspoint Avenue stop at 4:59 p.m.
The 4:05 p.m. westbound train from Port Jefferson to Jamaica will now terminate in Huntington, where customers can connect with train service to western terminals.
The service reductions were required to address the MTA's nearly $800 million budget shortfall for 2010, according to the authority.
Further budget-related service reductions are scheduled to take effect in mid-September.
These service reductions were proposed in December 2009 after a series of public hearings were held in early March 2010 on the proposed changes, the MTA Board approved the service reductions on March 24.