The LIRR station at Atlantic Terminal.

The LIRR station at Atlantic Terminal. Credit: Jeff Bachner

Amtrak has resolved signal system problems that had affected evening Long Island Rail Road commuters who encountered “scattered” but systemwide delays Wednesday, officials said.

Shortly after 6:30 p.m., Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said, “There was a momentary problem about 45 minutes ago.

“There will always be residual delays when a brief problem occurs in the evening rush,” he continued.

Amtrak’s trains were “running normally,” he added.

The difficulties began shortly before 5:45 p.m., according to the LIRR’s Twitter feed, and Aaron Donovan, an LIRR spokesman, initially said just three trains had been affected.

“Amtrak has fixed the signal problem, but we did have to cancel two trains . . . and one train was delayed 19 minutes, because it had to be rerouted to a different tunnel,” he said.

Wednesday’s morning commute also was less than smooth; so far this year, the railroad’s performance has been harshly criticized by a number of officials, including the chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Delays of 10 minutes had been reported shortly after 9 a.m., shorter than the 15- to 20-minute delays reported earlier in the morning.

The railroad said on its website at about 7:40 a.m. that the delays were due to “a possible track condition.” A spokesman said the condition was just east of the terminal.

On Tuesday, the LIRR blamed a damaged third rail for a 90-minute suspension of service on the Hempstead branch during the morning commute.

And during the Tuesday evening commute, the LIRR said “switch trouble” in a yard caused delays of 30 to 40 minutes on the Long Beach branch.

Atlantic Terminal has taken on added importance since the beginning of January when another Amtrak repair project at Penn Station led the LIRR to divert eight rush-hour trains daily from Penn to Atlantic Terminal.

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