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Queens trains and buses on the MTA chopping block

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The Long Island Rail Road’s branch service cuts will become effective with the May 17 and Sept. 13 timetable changes.

Port Washington: Hourly rather than 30-minute interval trains.

Babylon: Four trains will become two trains and two p.m. peak-period trains will become one.

Ronkonkoma: One p.m. peak train will be scrubbed, as will weekend service between Ronkonkoma and Greenport.

Long Beach: One p.m. peak train to the Atlantic terminal in Brooklyn and one a.m. peak train to the Atlantic terminal will be discontinued.

West Hempstead: Weekend service will be discontinued.

Atlantic: Late night service to Brooklyn will end.

Hempstead: Shorter trains.

Belmont Park: Elimination of service Wednesday to Sunday except for the Belmont Stakes.

Oyster Bay: Cancel one round-trip each day on weekends.

Port Jefferson: Cancel one p.m. peak diesel train.

Montauk branch: Cancel one train from Hunterspoint, excluding summer Fridays.

Buses

A number of Queens bus routes will be eliminated, shortened or changed.

Q14, Q26, Q42, Q74, Q75 and Q79: eliminated.

Q25 and Q42: Eliminated except for weekday rush hours.

Q31, Q48 and Q76: Eliminated on weekends.

Q15 and Q24: Rerouted to make up for cuts to other lines.

Q26: Shortened on weekdays.

Q48: Shortened on weekends.

Q30: Shortened overnight.

Subways

Two lettered subway lines will be eliminated, and one will be altered.

W: Will be replaced by the Q train from 57th Street to Ditmars Boulevard in Astoria.

V: Will be replaced by the M train from Essex Street to Forest Hills. The M train will no longer run from Manhattan to Brooklyn.

Reach contributing writer Philip Newman by e-mail at timesledgernews@cnglocal.com or phone at 718-260-4536.

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