NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Long Island Rail Road commuters were stuck with a rough ride home Wednesday.
Cancellations and delays persisted through the evening rush and all the way until 8 p.m., as Amtrak crews repaired a broken rail outside one of the East River tunnels.
The latest headache comes on the heels of last week’s incident in Brooklyn, where an LIRR train failed to stop and crashed into Atlantic Terminal. Commuters at Penn Station told CBS2’s Tracee Carrasco their patience with the LIRR is wearing thin.
“Rates will be going up in March again. We already pay — I’m out in Oakdale, I pay $377 a month. It’s now going to be close to $400 a month,” one man said. “And the service has gotten nothing but worse. So it’s very frustrating.”
“They’re always delays, like tonight, always problems, always track changes, always broken rails, always cars on tracks. It’s always the Ronkonkoma line. Always,” a woman said. “Every day it’s something.”
LIRR tickets were cross-honored on the subway system at the Sutphin Boulevard stop in Jamaica, Union Turnpike station in Kew Gardens, 71st Avenue in Forest Hills, and the Woodside-61st Street stop on the 7 line at Woodside.
Thirteen trains were also canceled for the evening rush, according to the LIRR.