Broken rail on Ronkonkoma branch snarls LIRR, strands riders
RONKONKOMA - Hundreds of commuters were stranded today after a broken rail suspended service on part of the Long Island Rail Road's Ronkonkoma branch.
Eastbound trains were forced to terminate at the Farmingdale station this morning. Buses were eventually brought in, but the wait caused long lines and short tempers.
LIRR spokesman Joe Calderone says frigid weather caused nine broken rails on Long Island in the last three days. He says the railroad tripled the number of inspection crews because of the cold temperatures.
The LIRR says a special rail car rides over the entire system twice a year to X-ray the rails and monitor potential cracks.