NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Bitter cold temperatures and ice caused some early morning delays for rail commuters across the Tri-State area on Tuesday.
Commuters packed into Penn Station Tuesday morning, waiting on NJ TRANSIT trains that were delayed nearly an hour because of ice on Amtrak overhead wire lines.READ MORE: Storm Watch: Officials Hoping To Avoid Repeat Of Ida With Preparations For Nor'easter
Amy MacDonald was among them, emailing her class waiting for her at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
“I have to teach, so telling them I’ll be late,” she told CBS2’s Janelle Burrell.
NJ TRANSIT service has since been restored, but cross-honoring is in effect system wide due to the weather. The agency is urging customers to be careful while traveling because of icy conditions.
It was a similar scene in the Long Island Rail Road waiting area at Penn where trains also faced weather-related delays and cancellations.
“To move a train along the tracks, every piece of the system needs to be working just exactly perfectly,” LIRR spokesman Aaron Donovan told 1010 WINS. “The level of ice we’re seeing means that some things are working pretty well, but not perfectly and so that can cause us pretty great challenges in the right conditions.”
Early morning commuters at the Mineola station Tuesday were left standing on the platform when a 5:37 a.m. train was canceled.