Nine westbound trains were canceled or diverted and several others were delayed during Monday's morning rush hour because of track work inside East River tunnels, the Long Island Rail Road said.

Between about 7:15 a.m. and 10 a.m., three trains headed for Penn Station were canceled, three others were diverted to the Atlantic Terminal station in Brooklyn, and two more were diverted to Hunterspoint Avenue station in Queens, said Aaron Donovan, a spokesman for the service.

The service said delays ranged between 10 to 15 minutes at the height of the rush hour; residual delays, starting after 9:30 a.m., ran up to 25 minutes for trains running "into and out of Penn Station."

Donovan said the LIRR did not immediately have the number of trains delayed by the track work.

Also, one train was canceled early Monday at Jamaica, Donovan said.

In the case of the canceled trains, added stops were made on express trains traveling the same route in an effort to accommodate customers, Donovan said.

Customers on the diverted trains were able to take trains or subways to their destinations, with New York City Transit cross-honoring fares, the LIRR said.

Some delays extended to almost an hour after the morning commute, the LIRR said.

The track work being done by Amtrak, which owns and operates the tunnels used by the LIRR, should be completed before the afternoon rush hour, Donovan said.

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With John Valenti