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Signal system tests lead to reduced weekend service on LIRR

The LIRR is testing a new signal system at the Harold Interlocking in Queens, part of a project to allow commuters to travel to Grand Central on the East Side instead of Penn Station

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HUNTINGTON — This weekend, the LIRR is testing a new signal system at the Harold Interlocking in Queens, where different LIRR branches intersect with Amtrak trains between New York and Boston. According to the MTA, it is the busiest rail interlocking in the nation, and the signal system is part of a larger project to allow commuters to travel to Grand Central on the East Side instead of Penn Station.

However, this weekend it means trains between Huntington and Penn Station will only run every hour instead of half-hour. Passengers at a station between Huntington and Port Jefferson will have to wait every two hours for a train, rather than the normal 90 minutes.

The schedule is expected to return to normal by 5 a.m. on Monday.

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