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UPDATE: LIRR Service Restored

Residual delays expected as system gets back on track.

Update 7:40 p.m.: The LIRR is resuming regular east and westbound train service to/from Penn Station. Customers should anticipate some delays and cancellations as a result of the earlier service suspension at Penn Station due to Amtrak switching problems.

Update 7 p.m.: Limited eastbound service has been restored at Penn Station. Customers can anticipate hourly service on four branches with trains to Babylon, Huntington, Ronkonkoma and Port Washington. Westbound service to Penn remains suspended. Customers are being provided with free transfers to the E train at Jamaica for service to Penn.

Original Story

The Long Island Rail Road has temporarily suspended service to and from Penn Station due to an Amtrak switching problem.

This issue affects all branches.

According to the MTA website, "Amtrak crews are working to repair the problem. Customers at Penn are advised to take the 2 or 3 subway train to Atlantic Terminal for eastbound LIRR trains."

NYC Transit is cross honoring LIRR tickets at Penn and Jamaica stations. There is currently no access into Penn Station.

LIRR service was last suspended for several days during Hurricane Sandy and again during the nor'easter a week later.

John Gruber November 26, 2012 at 03:37 PM
there's always people like this...and they're gonna sound really dumb when they're completely wrong
Chris Wendt November 27, 2012 at 01:40 AM
They have a plan. When the signals do not work, trains cannot move. The situation is assessed by Amtrak. Troubleshooting and repair is done by Amtrak. When the terminal approaches its maximum occupancy, no additional people are allowed to enter. When the problem is identified by Amtrak it is corrected by Amtrak and train operations among LIRR, NJ Transit and Amtrak resume. There are empty trains for three railroads staged at the West Side Yard, at the Sunnyside Yard, and within Penn Station. These three lines share all four tunnels and 75% of the passenger platforms. LIRR has exclusive use of Tracks 17-21 and they share tracks 13-16 with Amtrak. Once the train service resumes and the crowds thin by departing on trains, the terminal can be re-opened to new passengers from the street and the situation resolves in an orderly if not convenient manner. All the delayed trains still must observe required separation on the tracks, especially though the Harold Interlocking, once they do get moving. I have detoured to Hicksville a few times over the years. For me, I am just glad to have that option, rather than getting a room in The City for the night. You should try to be more realistic in your expectations, appreciate the scale of our massive mass transit operations and the fact that we are dealing with mechanical and electrical systems which do malfunction. Try to adopt a more flexible approach to commuting and to keep a cheery disposition.
Jim November 29, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Linda Otta: "Mitt was a sorry excuse for a candidate? Obama must really suck then to have run such a close race to such a sorry excuse for a candidate." Really, you think it was a close race? Obama won the electoral college 332-206, a difference of 126 and 62% to Mittens 38%. Obama had 65,082,030 votes to Mittens 60,565,840 - a difference of 4,516,190 or 3.6%. If you think that's a close race, you really are an idiot.
Jim November 29, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Linda Otta: "Mitt was a sorry excuse for a candidate? Obama must really suck then to have run such a close race to such a sorry excuse for a candidate." Really, you think it was a close race? Obama won the electoral college 332-206, a difference of 126 and 62% to Mittens 38%. Obama had 65,082,030 votes to Mittens 60,565,840 - a difference of 4,516,190 or 3.6%. If you think that's a close race, you really are delusional.
Stevo November 29, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Look who climbed out of her hole!!

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