LIRR Commuter Council wants answers on East River Tunnel issues after latest disruption

The Long Island Rail Road is back on or close to schedule following delays and cancellations this morning. The railroad says an eastbound train got

A file photo of the Long Island Rail Road.

A file photo of the Long Island Rail Road. (8/19/13)

JAMAICA - A commuter watchdog is calling for an investigation into recurring East River tunnel issues, the latest of which disrupted this morning's Long Island Rail Road service.

An eastbound train got stuck in the East River Tunnel at around 7 a.m., after power to the third rail went out. The train has been removed and Amtrak has fixed the problem.

The commuter watchdog group LIRR Commuter Council says Amtrak must be held accountable for the repeated issues surrounding the East River Tunnels. The group is calling for a vacancy on Amtrak’s board to be filled by one of its members and an investigation into the causes of the tunnel problems.

“Riders deserve respect, reliability and representation from Amtrak,” says the group.



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