Derailment Makes For Inconvenient LIRR Commute

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) —  The evening commute for Long Island Rail Road customers turned into an inconvenient nuisance for commuters Monday.

The railroad said an Amtrak derailment blocking one of the East River tunnels forced it to cancel 16 eastbound trains out of Penn Station during the PM rush hour.  The derailment happened at Sunnyside Rail Yard in Queens and there were no reports of injuries.

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Earlier Monday, LIRR Spokesman Sal Arena told WCBS 880 that while the “trains will be a little more crowded,” the agency would “get everybody out.”

By Monday night, regular service had resumed with some residual delays.

While the evening commute was hectic for some, seasoned travelers saw the delays and cancellations as nothing out of the usual.

“They do this — I hate to say — all the time. When something is wrong, this is what you wind up with,” one man told 1010 WINS’ Al Jones.

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Another man told CBS 2’s Pablo Guzman said while he hoped his train wasn’t going to be delayed or canceled, he would take the situation in stride.

“The sun will still rise in the morning,” he said.

  • Rhiannon

    Larry, sad to say the only viable amtrak route is through Queens via the East River Tunnles. Your route would work only with Albany and Chicago bound trains. Only one track rounds the Bronx (Highbridge to Saint Mary’s Junction.
    This is a freight link,not passenger. The connecting track between Melrose and Saint Mary’s Junction was torn up in 2007, thus severing connection with MetroNorth..

  • Rhiannon

    Second, the LIRR really-truly sucks!!

    So does the whole MTA!!!!

  • Rhiannon

    First off, the LIRR just plain sucks!

  • Larry Schwarz

    I’m sure the bars in Penn station did a brisk business as some commuters probably decided to have a few drinks and wait it out.

  • Wycoff

    New Yorkers pay to be abused plain and simple. Now before I get flamed here for saying that, please know this guy was born and raised between Brooklyn and Queens. Decided to pull up stakes the more the city became virtually unliveable. I visit often, but you couldn’t pay me to move back. When is the public going to put its foot down? Has everyone forgotten that NYC used to be a really cool place?

  • 01608

    Okay I missed something. What dose the amtrax derailment have to with fare hikes

    • Larry Schwarz

      Amtrak uses the east river tunnel that The Long Island Railroad uses for trains headed towards Boston,they then go back across the east River into The Bronx,then share the tracks with Metro north as the trains go through Westchester,into Conn.and up to Boston.So that is why this was caused by Amtrak.They should use the tracks that head up along The West Side Highway,then cross over to The Metro North tracks in The Bronx.It could be done.

  • Disgusted

    Surprise surprise. Same thing happened Friday night. Fare goes up and service goes down. When are they going to be forced to get their act together? Passengers are getting ripped off for hundreds of dollars every month!

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