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Crews and riders plan for regular Tuesday morning LIRR commute

NEW YORK — Long Island Rail Road is hopping for a regular schedule Tuesday. Riders are encouraged to check for updates in the morning.

Seven LIRR trains were canceled for the Monday evening commute after a derailment over the weekend damaged tracks.

A Long Island Rail Road train that derailed on Sunday, July 22, 2018. It was not carrying passengers at the time. (MTA)

"LIRR personnel have made significant progress in repairing the damage caused by the derailment," the LIRR tweeted, "However, we anticipate seven trains will be canceled during the PM Rush today as their efforts continue to restore full service."

Two cars, part of a train that had no passengers, derailed as it moved through West Side Yard on Saturday evening. A worker is suffering back pain as a result, the MTA said.

The area where it happened connects the yard to Penn Station and the damage limited access to the yard.

About 80 trains run from Penn Station during the evening rush hour.

The morning rush also had changes to eight trains. Any cancellation has a ripple effect through the system as passenger head to already crowded trains at other times.

Railroad officials say MTA Board members were notified Sunday afternoon. A customer alert was issued Sunday evening.

LIRR President Phillip Eng says he wanted to be able to tell customers about schedule changes and offer complete information.

The Monday evening cancelations were announced around 1:30 p.m:

Babylon Branch

  • The 4:57 p.m. train from Penn due at Wantagh at 5:42 p.m. is canceled. Customers can take the 5:03 p.m. train from Penn due at Freeport at 5:46 p.m., stopping at Rockville Centre, Baldwin, Freeport, Merrick, Bellmore and Wantagh.
  • The 5:19 p.m. train from Penn due at Wantagh at 6:06 p.m. is canceled. Customers can take the 5:24 p.m. train from Penn due at Freeport at 6:10 p.m., stopping at Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Jamaica, Rockville Centre and all local stops to Wantagh.
  • The 6:05 p.m. train from Penn due at Wantagh at 6:51 p.m. is canceled. Customers can take the 6:10 p.m. train from Penn due at Freeport at 6:54 p.m. stopping at Rockville Centre and all local stops to Wantagh.

Long Beach Branch

  • The 4:40 p.m. train from Penn due at Long Beach at 5:37 p.m. is canceled. Customers can take the 5 p.m. train from Penn due at Long Beach at 5:55 p.m., stopping at Jamaica, Locust Manor and all local stops to Long Beach.
  • The 5:20 p..m. train from Penn due at Long Beach at 6:11 p.m. is canceled. Customers can take the 5:23 p.m. train from Penn due at Long Beach at 6:18 p.m., stopping at Jamaica, Locust Manor, Laurelton, Rosedale, Valley Stream, Lynbrook and all local stops to Long Beach.

Port Jefferson Branch

  • The 6:30 p.m. train from Penn due at Huntington at 7:32 p.m. is canceled. Customers can take the 6:35 p.m. train from Penn due at Hicksville at 7:22 p.m., stopping at Jamaica, New Hyde Park and all local stops to Huntington.

Port Washington Branch

  • The 6:24 p.m. train from Penn due at Port Washington at 7:04 p.m. is canceled. Customers can take the 6:42 p.m. train from Penn due at Great Neck at 7:17 p.m., stopping at Woodside and all local stops to Port Washington.