LIRR cancels 10 morning rush-hour trains after derailment
The Long Island Rail Road says it will cancel 10 Wednesday morning rush-hour trains as Amtrak crews continue to work on tracks damaged by Monday's New Jersey Transit derailment in Penn Station.
In addition to the canceled trains, three will terminate at Jamaica and one will divert at Hunterspoint Avenue, Queens. Delays are expected on the remaining running trains. New York City Transit will still be cross-honoring tickets into Manhattan.
According to the LIRR, 26 rush-hour trains from Penn Station were canceled or diverted Tuesday night. Further adding to the day's headache was a broken rail in Queens, a stuck train in the East River tunnel and signal problems near Central Islip.
Peter Haynes, of the LIRR Commuter Council watchdog group, says the LIRR needs to improve systemwide maintenance. He says that even bathrooms on trains that are in disarray reflect on the system's overall maintenance program.
The LIRR says service disruptions could continue for days as crews work around the clock to repair the damaged track.
Officials urge riders to give themselves plenty of additional travel time until repairs are completed.
A full listing of changes can be found on the LIRR website.