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Look back at LIRR’s first day of the ‘summer of hell’

After months of planning and dread, the “summer of hell” has arrived on Long Island.

Want to join the chatter? Use the hashtag #SummerofHell on Instagram or Twitter.


6:46 p.m.   Penn Station

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6:30 p.m.   Mineola

Nick Ward, 30, lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and commutes to Mineola for his job at Dealerweb, a fixed income brokerage in Garden City. He’s been doing the reverse commute, which takes an hour and 10 minutes “on a good day,” for three months. The trip Monday morning was smooth, but Ward said “today is the first day of service changes, but not the first day of commuter headaches. Every day it’s something.”

— Ken Schachter

6:30 p.m.   Hunterspoint Avenue

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This is going to be a long 2 months. #mta #summerofhell #lirr #sro

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5:10 p.m.   Atlantic Terminal

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A line was brewing outside the LIRR tracks Monday afternoon at Atlantic Terminal — but not for a seat.

A few minutes before hopping on the 4:16 p.m. train to Babylon, Ken McLellan, 47, bought two Coors Lights at the terminal’s bar. Usually he’ll grab one. “I don’t know how long the ride’s going to be. I want to be prepared,” the Manhattan attorney said.

Justin Miata, 26, an accountant from Elmont, was headed home from Atlantic Terminal on the Hempstead line and bought a Coors Light at the bar. He had an appointment in Brooklyn Monday, but said he would head to the Hunterspoint Avenue station during the summer to avoid the crush of commuters at Jamaica. “I know it’s going to be hectic, and I’d rather get a different train away from the chaos at Penn. The beer, he said, is refreshing after a hot day.

Nearby, Valerie Purcell, a social worker heading to St. Albans, was sipping on a vodka and tonic as she waited for her train. “It’s going OK,” she said, calling the LIRR civilized. “Where else can you come for cocktails and read your books?”

— Scott Eidler

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3:40 p.m.   Penn Station

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What’s going on with the LIRR right now? Live updates

After months of planning and dread, the “summer of hell” has arrived on Long Island.

Check back here for live updates from Newsday’s reporters, and tune in to News 12 Long Island as they broadcast from the field.

Want to join the chatter? Use the hashtag #SummerofHell on Instagram or Twitter.


Passengers wait for a morning train in Huntington Station on Monday, July 10, 2017. (Credit: Ed Betz)


7:30 a.m.   Mineola


7:26 a.m.   Penn Station


7:15 a.m.   Bethpage


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6:57 a.m.   Glen Cove


6:38 a.m.   Penn Station


6:33 a.m.   Port Washington


6:27 a.m.   Glen Cove


6:21 a.m.   Atlantic Terminal


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6 a.m.   Penn Station


5:15 a.m.   Atlantic Terminal


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4:54 a.m.   Farmingdale



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What’s going on with the LIRR right now? Live updates

After months of planning and dread, the “summer of hell” has arrived on Long Island.

Check back here for live updates from Newsday’s reporters, and tune in to News 12 Long Island as they broadcast from the field.

Want to join the chatter? Use the hashtag #SummerofHell on Instagram or Twitter.


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Trains came and went at Jamaica station mostly unremarkably during Monday’s morning rush hour, passengers and LIRR personnel said.

Jamaica station, a potential choke point junction where hundreds of trains pass through each day, was flooded with LIRR customer service personnel in blaze-orange safety vests.

They carried paper printouts of scheduling changes, and helped direct passengers through sometimes confusing train transfers. One of them, who had been on duty since 5 a.m., said the morning commute at Jamaica seemingly had gone off without a hitch.

The LIRR employee, who would only identify herself as a manager in a project planning office, said many of her colleagues in the office had been reassigned to help guide commuters on Jamaica station’s platforms, and that she expected to continue to do so into September.

“It’s been all hands on deck,” she said. “But I don’t know how our regular work is going to get done.”


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9:03 a.m.   West End Concourse


9:02 a.m.   Atlantic Terminal


8:56 a.m.   Port Washington


8:39 a.m.   Penn Station


8:32 a.m.   Hunterspoint Avenue


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8:17 a.m.   Penn Station


8:13 a.m.   Hunterspoint Avenue


8:03 a.m.   Babylon


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