Amtrak Finishes Rail Repairs, LIRR Service Back To Normal

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Commuters coming in to New York City Friday morning on the Long Island Rail Road will have a pleasant surprise. After a week of cancellations and delays, service is finally back to normal.

The LIRR said trains will operate at full peak service for Friday morning’s rush hour.

Crews have been working to fix a 1,400-foot section of damaged track inside an East River tunnel, where an empty five-car Amtrak train derailed Sunday afternoon.

There will be 143 trains operating during Friday’s morning peak hours and 126 trains during the evening peak hours.

Why do you think the repairs took so long? Sound off in our comments section below:

  • vy

    This AMTRAK tunnel prblem is a prime example of why the LIRR needs the access to Grand Central Station which is being built now.
    It’s just to bad that the MTA decided to hollow out a totally new station under the existing Grand Central Terminal for the LIRR instead of using 8 tranks and 4 platforms on the existing lower level of GCT, which would have cut the cost of connecting the LIRR into GCT by at leadt $2 Billion.
    Having said that the NYC region needs the LIRR into GCT.
    This connection will also allow room at Penn Station for some New Haven Line trains and some Hudson Line trains of Metro North to run regular rush hour service into Penn Station.
    So in a few year BOTH Metro North and the LIRR will have both eastside and westside services.

  • vy

    SLAMTRAK needs to step up their regular maintainance on the critical tunnel tracks between NJ and Queens with regular night inspection and regular night maintainance work schedules. This type of problems in thses tunnels is happening way too often.

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