LIRR: Broken rail shouldn't slow evening rush

A broken rail east of the Freeport station that caused the cancellation of one train and delayed 10 more Tuesday morning shouldn't affect the evening commute, a Long Island Rail Road spokesman said.

The broken rail forced the commuter service into delays after at about 8:20 a.m., spokesman Aaron Donovan said. It was repaired just before noon, he said.

The break meant trains ran in both directions on one rail in Freeport, causing congestion on the Babylon Branch, Donovan said.

Delays were between 10 and 15 minutes and lasted into the late morning; an 11:49 a.m. train from Penn Station due at Port Washington was 16 minutes late, the LIRR said.

The service reported at 12:19 p.m. that the Babylon Branch was operating on or close to schedule.

Tuesday's early commute was otherwise without major issues.

Only one traffic alert, in Nassau County, was reported by the state Department of Transportation website. A downed tree closed all lanes of northbound Route 106 at Griffin Avenue in East Norwich. That alert was posted at informny.com at 4:26 a.m., and the tree was cleared at 6:02 a.m.

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