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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The severe weather that impacted our area continued to cause major service disruptions on the Long Island Rail Road Thursday night.

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As of 11:30 p.m., trains heading east on the Ronkonkoma, Huntington, Long Beach and Babylon branches began moving hourly.

Al Jones of 1010 WINS reported earlier in the evening that the LIRR is still evaluating whether Thursday’s problems will affect Friday morning’s commute.  A statement on its website said “we will continue to provide updates as soon as they are available.”

“Customers are advised to seek alternate means of transportation while crucial repairs are made,” LIRR said.

The continued delays are the result of weather-related signal trouble in Jamaica.

Speaking with 1010 WINS Thursday afternoon, LIRR spokesman Sam Zambuto said the trouble was caused by a “lightning strike that greatly affected the signal system.”

Zambuto said that LIRR employees were out in the field “troubleshooting” and “making alternate arrangements for the movement of trains.”

In addition, Zambuto warned customers that “when service is restored, there will be significant delays.”

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  • LIRR Rider since 1977

    I’ll give you another great example of the LIRR negligence towards its riders. The LIRR knew about it’s gap problem [you had to be an Olympic longjumper to board a train at Syosset] for at least twenty years, and didn’t notify riders thru PSAs, advertising, etc until recently only because someone was actually killed at the Woodside station by falling thru the gap between the train and the platform and it started getting nasty public relations in the media, Newsday, etc. But until then there was only a problem if your wallet fell thru the gap, if you fell thru the gap, they couldn’t care less.

  • James Lindt

    The Long Island Fail Road

  • Dashing Dan

    The LIRR should kiss my man-boobs every time I ride.

  • Jimmy

    This is nothing new. It’s happened before. The LIRR just isn’t concerned enough to bother with a remedy. The Problem with the LIRR is that their employees are just a group of lazy people waiting till they can get out and collect their pensions.

    • Billy

      And much of the signal, electrical infrastructure on the LIRR that was built in the 1920s and is still being used today hasn’t been upgraded to current technology despite LIRR taking in over $100 million a month in revenue. Is all money they take in in revenue going to their compensation, pensions, etc. Explain that one.

      • Jimmy

        Pretty much, and they’re still lazy.

  • Lawn-Guy Land

    This is crazy. As soon as the storm started, the LIRR should have sent somebody to physically protect the signal box from lightning.

  • Les

    The TA re-routed E trains which stop at 34 St+ 8th avenue onto the F Line tonite!

    The announcements claimed construction No coordination to provide service where it was needed.

    When service was needed, they failed aga
    What timing! Failure to communicate

    MTA means More Trouble Ahead

  • Dodie

    The LIRR sucks! They could have at least provided shuttle buses…


    Lirr is so quick to raise fares but when it comes to a crisis it doesnt accomidate the people…. How come there was no shuttle buses running…. SINCE YOUR RAISING THE PRICES …. ATLEAST LET US SEE WHY……ATLEAST WE WILL KNOW HOW OUR MONEY IS BEEING SPENT!!!!

    • Larry Irwin Rabinowitz Rodriguez

      How many shuttle buses (with drivers on overtime) do you want sitting EMPTY at every station “just in case” lightning strikes the signal system?

  • TSJ

    LIRR is the worst transportation system in the entire world. No other country in the world would allow its citizens to be monopolized the way LIRR and the MTA run the system. Now it is a running joke that unless it is sunny and 75 degrees, the trains will not run. Today, the entire system shut down for what, a little rain….I don’t even want to think about what the winter holds!!!!

    • Sir Joe

      Actually the Ronkonkoma Line shut down recently for 45 minutes when a conductor on a train in Wyandanch sneezed. It just didn’t make the news.

    • Larry Irwin Rabinowitz Rodriguez

      No, it wasn’t “a little rain” – it was LIGHTNING hitting the signal system. But you already knew that.

      • Vaan

        What are the odds of a lightning to hit exactly the same object every single time? Somehow it is always the signal switch box in Jamaica. Are you kidding me? They ALWAYS use this excuse to shut the system down, even if there was NO lightning there. But as long as there was at least one lightning anywhere else in the world, the will use it for their excuse. Make sure to not sneeze on the train-they will say it was a lightning too, and will shut the system down. Lazy, entitled, stupid a-holes

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