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LIRR: NYC track troubles cause evening service delays

Track troubles at Penn Station in Manhattan and East New York in Brooklyn have sparked several cancellations and delays on the Long Island Rail Road, the service announced on its website and Twitter feed Wednesday afternoon.

“We are experiencing eastbound delays averaging 10-15 minutes systemwide, and some cancellations, due to earlier Amtrak switch trouble in Penn Station and a broken rail near East New York,” read the LIRR’s Special Service Notice on its website. “Please listen for announcements from train crews and check, or text/email alerts for updates. We apologize for the inconvenience.”

LIRR officials said they have canceled some rush-hour trains to and from Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn Wednesday because of the snapped rail on the line near East New York Wednesday afternoon.

That problem surfaced as the LIRR announced other problems including the cancellation of a 4:57 p.m. train from Penn Station that was due in Wantagh at 5:42 p.m. because of “Amtrak switch trouble” inside one of the East River tunnels.

“The 5:19PM train from Atlantic Terminal due Hempstead at 6:08PM has been cancelled due to a broken rail near East New York,” read the LIRR’s tweet, which directed riders to change at Jamaica Station. “Customers can take the 5:24PM from Atlantic Terminal to Jamaica. They will be accommodated by the 6:05PM train from Jamaica due Hempstead at 6:36PM.”

Another eastbound train set to leave Atlantic Terminal at 6:04 p.m. and due in Ronkonkoma at 7:27 p.m. was also canceled, officials said. Those riders were advised to take the 6:08 p.m. train from Atlantic Terminal that was due in Jamaica Station at 6:27 p.m. From there, commuters were advised to transfer to the 6:41 p.m. train from Jamaica due in Ronkonkoma at 7:39 p.m.

In addition, the westbound 4:52 p.m. train from Jamaica that was due in Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn was canceled because of the same broken rail. Officials advised riders to take the 5:02 p.m. train from Jamaica, which was making all local stops.

In a notice for “Brooklyn Customers” on the LIRR website, the service assured riders that the problems were being addressed.

“LIRR crews are currently on scene assessing and repairing a broken rail near East New York,” the notice said. “Brooklyn customers can expect some delays and cancellations between Atlantic Terminal & Jamaica. Some eastbound trains will originate out of Jamaica and some westbound trains will terminate at Jamaica.”

The note said New York City transit authorities are cross-honoring LIRR tickets via the 2 and 3 subway lines at Atlantic Terminal and Penn Station; via the A subway line at Penn Station, Broadway Junction and Nostrand Avenue; and via the E, J and Z subway lines at Jamaica/Sutphin Blvd.

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