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LIRR Set To Return To Normal Rush Hour Schedule On Monday

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NEW YORK(CBSNewYork/AP) — The Long Island Rail Road will finally be running on a normal rush hour schedule this Monday, more than a month after Superstorm Sandy forced it to trim service.

Commuters have been waiting six weeks for the LIRR to return to its full schedule. LIRR spokesman Aaron Donovan told WCBS 880’s Jim Smith, that riders can look forward to less crowding and an end to cancelled and combined trains.

“Customers on the Long Island Railroad will experience a lot less crowding,” Donovan said.

WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reports…

The busy commuter railroad suffered a big hit when floodwaters rushed into two critical rail tunnels beneath the East River, damaging the signal system used by LIRR and Amtrak trains.

Repairs are still ongoing, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday that work crews had restored enough of the system for the LIRR to resume a regular schedule. Trains have been running for weeks, but service had been limited.

That meant bigger crowds on some trains and platforms.

Work will continue on the signal system in a second tunnel over the next few weeks.

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