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LIRR on or close to schedule for evening rush after earlier delays

Passengers wait for a train at the Long

Passengers wait for a train at the Long Island Railroad Station in Ronkonkoma. (Dec. 17, 2013) Credit: Ed Betz

A broken rail, bad weather and even a fare dispute delayed trains Tuesday morning on the Long Island Rail Road, but by the start of the evening rush, most trains were on or close to schedule, the rail road said.

The most significant issue -- a broken rail west of the Mineola station -- affected three railroad branches: Oyster Bay, Port Jefferson and Ronkonkoma. Delays during the morning rush were as long as 30 minutes on eastbound trains because of service being reduced to a single track in the area near the broken rail. Westbound delays were between 15 and 20 minutes, LIRR spokesman Aaron Donovan said.

By just after 1 p.m., those delays had cleared, except for one train that was delayed because of a late-arriving connection on the Montauk branch.

Donovan said the situation was first reported at 7:15 a.m. and that crews made emergency repairs. Evening service was not likely to be impacted by the situation, Donovan said.

Bad weather is another story. Early Tuesday, it also was causing scattered minor delays during the morning rush.

In an isolated incident, Donovan said a fare dispute on a train from Penn Station to Babylon resulted in that eastbound train being held at the Seaford station for 17 minutes, as police boarded the train to resolve the situation. The affected train was the 7:31 a.m. from Penn, which had been scheduled to arrive in Babylon at 8:44 a.m.

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