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LIRR Riders Caught in Penn Station Chaos

Switch trouble at Penn Station caused a chaotic evening rush for Long Island Rail Road riders Monday. 

Amtrak switch trouble canceled eastbound trains from Penn Station on a slew of LIRR branches; at one point, all westbound service was canceled. 

Heavy crowds at Penn Station forced authorities to shut down some access points. Video posted to social media shows people squeezed onto the sidewalks outside the station as they waited to get in.

Service was restored later in the evening, but delays and crowing persisted. 

Exasperated LIRR commuters took to social media to gripe about the delays, which aren't all that unusual at Penn Station. 

"Every week, I think I've had the worst #LIRR experience yet and every week, they find new lows," tweeted one rider. 

"The LIRR is a disaster. Has unsatisfactory service on the regular and then is still going to raise prices next month," tweeted another. 

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