JFK Rail Passengers Stranded for Hours After Computer Malfunction

Some passengers had to walk beside the tracks to the nearest station, nearly a mile away

Monday, Aug 27, 2012  |  Updated 8:29 AM EDT
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Authorities say about 140 passengers on a train that travels to and from John F. Kennedy International Airport were stranded for hours following a computer malfunction.      

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says the problems on the AirTrain started Saturday at 5:33 p.m. Service was restored at 10:18 p.m.

The New York Times reports some passengers had to walk beside the tracks to the nearest station, nearly a mile away.      

The service is owned by Port Authority, but operated by another company. Port Authority spokesman Steve Coleman told the Times the problem was a loose wire on the main computer.

He said the agency wasn't informed for nearly two hours there was a malfunction, and sent buses for stranded riders.      

AirTrain carries about 50,000 riders a day.

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