Broken Rail Halts Inbound LIRR From Jamaica To Atlantic Terminal For Hours

Second Night In A Row That Broken Rail Has Caused Problems For LIRR

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Some westbound service on the Long Island Rail Road was halted during the evening rush and well into the night Thursday.

Service between Jamaica, Queens and the Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn was suspended due to a broken rail east of the terminal, the LIRR said. Service to Penn Station was running as usual.

Trains departing from Atlantic Terminal were also delayed.

Westbound service was restored by 9:45 p.m., but delays continued with trains running on only one of two tracks for more than an afterward.

The broken rail was finally repaired by 11 p.m., but residual delays persisted.

Thursday marked the second day in a row that a broken rail snagged LIRR service. On Wednesday, cancellations and delays persisted all through the evening rush as Amtrak repaired a rail that broke in one of the East River tunnels.

The latest headaches come 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 on Wednesday that their patience with the LIRR is wearing thin.

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