Evening Commute For LIRR Riders Struck By Major Weather-Related Signal Problems

Agency Says It Expects Normal Rush Hour Service

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It turned out to be a miserable Monday afternoon for thousands of Long Island Rail Road customers just looking to get home after work.

The service problems on the railroad were due to 2 lightning strikes that took out signal equipment.

Earlier Monday, service on the Ronkonkoma, Port Jefferson, Hempstead, Montauk, Oyster Bay and Babylon lines was suspended.  Service on those lines was restored with residual delays a few hours later.

However, the transit agency said Monday night that commuters should expect normal rush hour service for Tuesday morning.  LIRR said that passengers should check mta.info for the latest information.

Inside Penn Station, thousands were straining their necks watching the schedule monitors while listening for any service changes.

“Service is so antiquated — it either stops when it snows, it stops when it rains, it stops when it’s hot.  I mean, it’s a little outdated,” one woman told CBS 2’s Tony Aiello.

“Just seems like there’s been a pattern irregardless of the weather, irregardless of anything,” said another commuter.

LIRR Spokesman Sal Arena spoke with 1010 WINS Monday afternoon, to say the situation was getting better.

While acknowledging a crowding problem at Penn Station earlier in the day, he said it is something that “typically happens” when service issues are incurred.

Arena said that police purposely limited access to Penn Station “for their own safety,” referring to the crowds.

Juliet Papa, of 1010 WINS, reported that the crowding problem had significantly been alleviated around 6 p.m.

Were You Stuck At Penn Station Today?  Tell Us About It In The Comments Section…

  • VY

    Every time there is an electrical storm the LIRR signals go down. Hasn’t anybody at the LIRR figured out of how to protect vital electrical equipment with something as simple as lightening rods and other lightening arresting technologies? I quess they are too busy trying to update their portion of the MTA website to give commuters as much real time information online as Metro North. Maybe they should just hire the signal people from Metro North. It appears Metro North’s signals do not go down with every lightening strom as frequently as the LIRR signals do.

  • Lawn-Guy Land

    Obviously, the LIRR deliberately scheduled the weather and sabotaged the signal system to prevent Nassau County passengers from getting home to vote for the Coliseum bond issue.

  • richard Allen

    HAHA all you idotsss want to live on long island………well suffer

    Stop living so high of the hog and move closer or to westchester or CT, not as many problems on those trains

    geez Id never live on LI or NJ and have to commute to the city

    • Pete Bucky

      We don’t want you in NJ Richard!

  • Paul C

    Wish I was stuck in Penn. My train will likely be more than two hours late getting into Sayville.

  • jd

    I’m actually stuck on an east bound train to Babylon. We’ve been sitting just short of Jamaica station for over 1 hour

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