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LIRR operating on or close after signal trouble

Service is now operating on or close to schedule on the Ronkonkoma and Port Jefferson branches, the Long Island Rail Road said in a midday tweet.

Signal problems plagued LIRR service all morning Monday, with service disrupted on the Babylon branch before and during morning rush-hour service and all service being suspended on the Ronkonkoma and Port Jefferson branches as of 9:35 a.m. following reported signal trouble near Hicksville, the railroad said in website alerts and advisories.

Earlier, the LIRR said work crews on the scene near Hicksville had been able to fix the problem and said service was restored on the Ronkonkoma and Port Jefferson branches as of 10 a.m. — but with hourlong delays through the area. The LIRR issued an update at midday, saying "Service is now operating on or close to schedule on the Ronkonkoma and Port Jefferson Branches."

Delays on the Babylon branch are averaging about 20 minutes, the LIRR said.

The early morning signal troubles led to reduced speeds through Wyandanch on the Ronkonkoma branch earlier, the result of signal trouble in Brentwood.

An equipment problem also led to the cancellation of a Penn Station-bound train from Port Washington.

The railroad said there were canceled and delayed trains on the Babylon branch before 6 a.m. as a result of signal trouble near Amityville.

That situation led to the current residual delays.

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