Normal LIRR, NJ Transit Service After Nightmare Problems at Penn Station

Most Long Island Rail Road trains ran with normal service Wednesday morning following massive delays and cancellations caused by signal trouble a day earlier, while NJ Transit delays stretched into a second day.

The LIRR said Amtrak has completed repairs on a broken signal that took out three tracks during the Tuesday evening rush hour.

The problem shut down three tracks at Penn Station used by LIRR to stage and run eastbound service during peak evening hours.

That left the railroad with access to just six tracks and forced the cancellation of 21 trains. Another 38 trains experienced delays. Westbound service into Penn Station also was suspended for a time. 

New Jersey Transit also had its own switch problems causing delays of up to 30 minutes out of Penn Station. The problems stretched into Wednesday morning, when switch problems in Ringwood caused 90-mnute delays on the Main-Bergen line. 

The compounded problems Wednesday evening forced MTA police to restrict access to the station at West 34th Street and Seventh Avenue at one point due to severe crowding.

LIRR riders should check for updates; NJ Transit riders can go to

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