'Track Condition' East Of East River Tunnels To Blame, MTA Says

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Long Island Rail Road was subject to delays and cancellations for the Wednesday evening rush, due to an unspecified “track condition.”

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority advised Wednesday afternoon that trains would be delayed or canceled in both directions, east and west, during the evening rush.

The snag in service was prompted by a “track condition” east of the East River tunnels, the MTA said.

As CBS 2’s Don Champion reported, trains were running on time or close to schedule as of the 5 p.m. hour. But the LIRR was still warning of possible delays as the evening commute continued.

The tracks under the East River are operated by Amtrak. There was no immediate information from Amtrak on the reports of a track problem.

The LIRR said it does not know how long or severe the problem will be.

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