LIRR: Back on schedule after delays on some westbound trains

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Long Island Rail Road westbound trains on the Port Jefferson, Ronkonkoma and Oyster Bay branches were being delayed up to 45 minutes during the Wednesday morning commute because of a track condition west of Bethpage and an earlier disabled train in New Hyde Park, the commuter service said.

The disabled train, which made it to the New Hyde Park platform at about 7:45 a.m., and a broken rail just south of the Bethpage station caused delays and at least two cancellations, said Aaron Donovan, a spokesman for the rail service.

"They were unrelated incidents but both were affecting some of the same trains," Donovan said.

Residual delays were reduced to 15 minutes or less by about 10 a.m., and most trains on the affected branches were back on schedule by 11 a.m., the service said.

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From about 7 a.m. to shortly before 9 a.m., all westbound trains were making local stops at Westbury, Carle Place, Mineola, Merillon Ave, New Hyde Park, and Jamaica stations, the service said.

The rail condition at Bethpage was resolved at about 8:45 a.m., Donovan said.

Nassau County police had issued a traffic alert for Bethpage at about 8:30 a.m., advising motorists that two railroad crossings on Stewart Avenue and Broadway were closed because of track problems.

The crossings were reopened, along with the roads, at about 9:15 a.m., police said.

A broken rail at the Flushing/Main Street station is also causing 10- to 15-minute delays on the Port Washington branch, the LIRR said.

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