LIRR rush hour service impacted through at least Wednesday, May 11 due to Amtrak derailment
As repair work continues from Sunday's Amtrak derailment in one of the East River tunnels, the MTA Long Island Rail Road will again reduce, by about a quarter, the number of trains that it normally operates into Penn Station during the morning rush. This morning, a total of 22 of the 98 trains will be canceled, terminated or diverted. Additionally, a Far Rockaway train that terminated at Jamaica Monday will instead be diverted to Atlantic Terminal.
Once again, customers should allow extra travel time and expect scattered 10 to 20 minute delays. Stopping patterns on some trains may change - please listen for announcements or consult station signage. And, as was the case on Monday evening, cancellations and delays will continue for this afternoon's PM rush.
While Amtrak was able to re-rail all their train cars on Monday, there is extensive track damage that requires repair and testing before the tunnel can be restored for train service.
Twelve trains will be canceled outright at their eastern origination point and another five trains will operate normally then terminate at Jamaica where customers can board other trains for Penn Station or take the subway. For a less crowded and more comfortable ride, passengers for lower Manhattan are encouraged to use the J and Z lines rather than the E to and from Jamaica. New York City Transit will honor LIRR tickets on the subway.
Another four trains will be diverted to Brooklyn and one train will be diverted to Hunterspoint.
Customers are urged to check on LIRR service before heading to train stations by monitoring the MTA website, www.mta.info, listening to the latest news broadcasts and traffic reports and/or signing up for free E-Alerts that provide the latest train information direct from the LIRR train operations center.
For the latest information on train service, customers should go to www.mta.info or monitor LIRR service alerts via email. Customers can also contact the LIRR's Travel Information Center at 718-217-5477 (718-217-LIRR). If you are deaf or hard of hearing, use your preferred relay service provider or the free 711 relay to reach LIRR at 718-217-5477.