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LIRR: Trains delayed after third-rail power issue resolved

A third-rail power supply problem briefly forced the Long Island Rail Road to suspend all service Wednesday between Jamaica and Penn Station, a railroad official said.

But, just minutes after Amtrak announced the issue, officials said it had been resolved, but not before the LIRR canceled a handful of trains.

The LIRR said it is now running with 15-to-20-minute delays into and out of Penn.

A spokesman acknowledged "it could have been worse."

The railroad said it was informed of the Amtrak problem in an email at 8:06 a.m. Then the managers at the manned power-control unit at Penn Station, headed by staff from the LIRR, Amtrak and New Jersey Transit, determined the power problem would shut down rail operations at Penn.

But the LIRR said they were notified just six minutes later, at 8:12 a.m., that the problem had been fixed -- and normal operations could resume.

Amtrak owns and operates the four East River Tunnels the LIRR uses to access Penn Station. Amtrak could not immediately be reached for comment.

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