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Westbound LIRR Trains Halted From Jamaica To Penn Station Through Evening Rush

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- Westbound Long Island Rail Road service was halted between Jamaica, Queens and Penn Station through much of the evening rush.

LIRR service had resumed with some residual delays by 6:47 p.m..


The delays and cancellations were due to an earlier inspection in one of the East River tunnels, whihc is operated by Amtrak.

NJ TRANSIT trains were also delayed by about 30 minutes out of Penn Station due to ongoing track work.


As 1010 WINS' Al Jones reported, there was a beaten down sort of resignation at Penn Station Monday evening. Riders were angry over the constant delays, but one man, Jimmy, said there were few choices.

"What can I do?" he said. "I can go to Hoboken and then miss the next connection? I'd be moving. That's about it. It's like driving around traffic – you're going to be moving, but what's the point."

But he said he saw a light at the end of the tunnel.

"Through summer, absolutely through summer – that's what they've said," he said.

Another man named George was adding up the extra time while commuting from Morristown.

"It's at least 15 minutes in the morning on the way in now. This is hit or miss now. It can be on time or an hour," he said.

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