MINEOLA - The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) says it will operate on a reduced schedule during the Wednesday morning commute, marking the third day of delays and cancelations following Sunday's Amtrak derailment in an East River tunnel.
LIRR officials say 22 of 98 scheduled trains will be canceled, terminated or diverted, representing the same service plan used Tuesday.
Of the 22 trains, officials say 12 eastbound trains will be canceled outright, five will terminate at Jamaica station and four will be diverted to Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn. One additional train will be diverted to Hunterspoint Avenue.
The LIRR also says that Amtrak has revised its estimate regarding repair work and that full rush-hour service is now expected to resume Friday morning. Until then, commuters are advised to allow extra travel time and expect scattered 10 to 20 minute delays.
In a statement, LIRR President Helena Williams said "I am disappointed that Amtrak was not able to complete their repair work in time to meet the goal of returning to normal service by Thursday." She added that she believed Amtrak was making every effort to complete repairs as soon as possible.
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