NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Riders on both the Long Island Rail Road and NJ TRANSIT trains ran into a difficult commute Wednesday evening.

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LIRR customers dealt with canceled trains and delays during the Wednesday afternoon rush due to a third-rail problem in one of the East River tunnels.

“We are unfortunately down one tunnel,” LIRR spokesman Sal Arena told WCBS 880 on Wednesday afternoon. “There will be some cancellations but they will just have to get on the next train that’s scheduled, usually isn’t too much longer, maybe 15 to 30 minutes depending on the branch. And of course, that train going home will be a little crowded because we’re combining the passengers from two trains.”

Additionally, westbound Long Island Rail Road service was suspended for hours due to a smoke condition Wednesday between Jamaica and Penn Station, and on the Port Washington branch from Woodside to Penn Station.

Service resumed with the 5:11 p.m. train from Huntington due into Penn Station at 6:20 p.m. being the first to run through.

NYC Transit was cross-honoring fares for the E subway at Jamaica, Kew Gardens and Forest Hills; the No. 7 subway at Woodside and Hunters Point Avenue, and the Nos. 2 and 3 subways at Atlantic Terminal and Penn Station.

Meanwhile, NJ TRANSIT trains were experiencing 20- to 30-minute delays into and out of Penn Station Wednesday evening due to power problems and a disabled train at the station. Only scattered, residual delays remained Wednesday evening.

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