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Delays, service suspensions on LIRR Wednesday

Long Island Rail Road commuters experienced yet another day of frustrating delays and service suspensions Wednesday, interrupting travel during both the morning and evening commutes.

The LIRR suspended service for 10 to 15 minutes during the morning rush due to a disabled Amtrak train, the railroad said in a notice on its website. Service was restored by 9:30 a.m.

Additional delays of 15 to 20 minutes were related to an “Amtrak track condition in one of the East River Tunnels,” the notice said. Amtrak spokesman Jason Abrams said a loss of power outside Penn Station caused the delays.

The evening commute was no better, with scattered systemwide delays averaging 10 to 15 minutes caused by a signal problem. Other trains were canceled because of equipment problems, the LIRR said on its Twitter page.

Unplanned delays and cancellations, uncomfortable conditions on trains and at stations, and inaccurate service-information updates have marred nearly every rush hour during the first two weeks of the year.

During that time, the LIRR has suspended service on one or more branches at least 17 times — roughly as many suspensions as in November and December combined.

MTA chairman Joe Lhota is promising to take corrective steps to address the spate of service meltdowns that have plagued the commutes of tens of thousands of Long Islanders — including, potentially, a shake-up in LIRR personnel.

Incensed LIRR riders have been sounding off on social media about the delays and Amtrak’s latest infrastructure renewal project at Penn Station.

On Friday, Lhota said he, too, is “not happy” and plans to do something about it.

With Alfonso A. Castillo

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