Jennifer Millman

Third Rail Damage in East River Tunnel Wreaks Havoc on LIRR Commute

What to Know

  • The third rail damage was in one of Amtrak's East River tunnels; it wasn't clear when the problem would be fixed
  • The LIRR morning commute was plagued by disruptions, from cancellations to delays and diversions
  • NJ Transit service did not appear to be affected

Third rail damage in one of Amtrak's East River tunnels is wreaking havoc on Wednesday's morning commute for Long Island Rail Road riders, prompting a number of rush-hour cancellations and sweeping service changes across multiple lines. 

The LIRR tweeted a flurry of messages from its verified account before 8 a.m. about diverted, canceled or otherwise delayed trains. NYC Transit is cross-honoring LIRR fares via the E subway at Jamaica, Kew Gardens, & Forest Hills, via the 7 subway at Woodside, & via the 2/3 subway at Atlantic Terminal. Consider alternate routes and allow for additional travel time.

NJ Transit service did not appear to be affected. 

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