As LIRR transit troubles spill over into Day 3, Newsday reporters are fanning out over Long Island, getting the takes and tales of stranded commuters at different stations. Click here to look at today's LIRR service plan, and below you can check out the latest comments from commuters coping with delays and cancellations.
By Jennifer Maloney
Ralph Colon, 39, a construction worker from Rosedale, was feeling the strain of having an additional 90 minutes tacked to his regular commute to Madison Square Garden. He’s working the midnight shift there, from midnight to 7:45 a.m., on a renovation project.
He left work at 8 a.m. and is usually home by 9, he said. But at 9:07 a.m. he was at Jamaica station, waiting for a bus to take him home.
“I’m dead tired,” he said. “You know what it’s like to work overnight and then have to go through this? It’s tough. I was hoping today it would be better, but I guess not. Yesterday, I got home at 10:30.”
By Yamiche Alcindor
Kyle Antonelli, 24, of Valley Stream is in his second year of law school at Brooklyn College. He sat huddled over a constitutional law book in a covered waiting area at the Valley Stream station Wednesday, hoping that a train to Atlantic Terminal would show up.
"It's been very hectic," he said. He took a train to Penn Station and a subway downtown to make it to class yesterday. "Fortunately, I haven't missed anything," he said of his classes.
But Antonelli said he's worried the ongoing problems may affect his education. "Classes just started, so I don't want to miss any," he said. "I hope they get this resolved as soon as possible."
Peter Lebron, 35, of Valley Stream, works as a manager of a media company. He was waiting for a train to Penn Station a little after 8 a.m. He said he's been lucky because he has been off from work the last couple of days and hasn't been very affected by the delays.
He drove to Valley Stream and boarded a train several minutes after arriving. "You just have to roll with the punches," Lebron said.
By Mitchell Freedman
At the Ronkonkoma station, Brian Seewald, of Middle Island, a computer programmer, said the situation hasn’t been too much of an inconvenience.
“I took off yesterday,” he said.
And what of his commute? “I’ll get there when I get there.”
Seewald described the scene at Ronkonkoma as “just a little worse than usual. There are signal problems all the time.”
By Chau Lam
Marilyn Hubner, 61, of Uniondale, said her 7:12 a.m. train out of Hempstead station was crowded because the 6:58 was canceled. She arrived at Penn Station about 15 minutes later than usual because the train, which normally runs express, was making local stops.
Going home is worse, she said. On Monday, Hubner had to go to Brooklyn to catch the train home.
"Going to Atlantic Terminal cost me an extra hour and a half. I wasn't going to do that again," Hubner said. On Tuesday, she took a train from Penn to Hicksville and then took a bus home.
Jasmine Singh, 22, of Syosset, said her 7:23 a.m. train out of Syosset was canceled and she took the next train, which arrived 20 minutes later. That wasn't the only delay to her morning commute to work at Ann Taylor corporate headquarters in Manhattan. She got off at Jamaica station to transfer to a train that would take her to Penn.
"I couldn't get on the first train because it was too crowded," she said.