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LIRR: Train service restored through Atlantic Terminal

An electronic message board at the Mineola LIRR

An electronic message board at the Mineola LIRR station announces delays in train service in and out of Brooklyn on Friday. Credit: Howard Schnapp

The Friday morning commute was less than smooth for Long Island Rail Road commuters on its Brooklyn line after a Con Edison fire caused delays to and from Atlantic Terminal.

While the electrical issues were resolved in time for the evening, commuters still had to deal with delays and cancellations, in part because of an Amtrak signal problem in Penn Station.

LIRR spokesman Aaron Donovan said temporary repairs have been made to bring power back to the Brooklyn line, after a Con Ed manhole fire affected the substation that provides electricity to the third rail on the railroad’s Brooklyn line. He said crews will make permanent repairs during the weekend.

Earlier Friday, the railroad told its customers in an alert it anticipated “a normal evening rush to and from Brooklyn.” It said, “We are operating regularly scheduled service to and from Atlantic Terminal on the Hempstead and Far Rockaway branches.”

In addition to delays of up to 15 minutes on all Brooklyn trains, all Hempstead Branch trains originated and terminated at Jamaica, where customers made connections to Far Rockaway Branch trains going to and from Atlantic Terminal.

The disruption came a week after a fire at a recycling plant in Hillside, Queens, near the LIRR’s tracks, snarled the evening rush hour for thousands of LIRR customers on the Port Jefferson, Ronkonkoma, Oyster Bay and Hempstead Branches.

Late in the evening commute, the railroad temporarily suspended service east of Mineola after a non-passenger train struck an unauthorized vehicle on the tracks.

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