Major LIRR Delays Snarl Evening Commute

Repairs have been made and the morning commute should be normal, officials said

Monday, Apr 18, 2011  |  Updated 8:12 PM EDT
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Major LIRR Delays Snarl Evening Commute

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A track condition in an East River tunnel caused significant delays on the Long Island Rail Road during the evening rush hour on Monday.

As of 7 pm, full access had been restored to Penn Station, the LIRR said, but lingering delays persisted.  Normal service was expected for the morning commute.

The East River tunnel problem caused major delays and canceled trains, snarling the evening commute for commuters, especially those heading home for the first night of Passover. 

Amtrak reportedly detected a faulty joint in an east-bound tube that needed to be repaired immediately. West-bound trains were also affected because LIRR turned trains around at Jamaica to make sure they have enough east-bound trains.

 


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