MTA says LIRR delays to extend into Tuesday evening rush hour

The MTA said LIRR trains are back on schedule late Tuesday morning after delays from Monday's derailment. But more delays expected during rush hour.
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Straphangers can expect cancellations and delays during the Tuesday evening rush hour as crews repair damages left behind after a Long Island Rail Road train derailed under the East River Monday night, according to the MTA.

The agency said trains will run on schedule through the middle of the day, but things will start to slow down as commuters head home at the end of the day.

About 500 feet of track and eight switches were thought to have been damaged after two cars on the 10-car-long 5:51 p.m. LIRR train to Hempstead went off the track in one of Amtrak’s East River tunnels, the MTA said.

No injuries were reported and Amtrak, the LIRR and the U.S. Department of Transporta­tion’s Federal Railroad Administration will investigate the cause of the derailment, the MTA said.

The agency said 34 out of 144 morning rush hour trains heading into Manhattan Tuesday morning were either canceled or rerouted, with the westbound Babylon Branch line most heavily affected. But eastbound trains on the Port Washington line also were delayed and at least one was canceled during the morning rush.

Reach reporter Rich Bockmann by e-mail at rbockmann@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-260-4574.

Updated 12:28 pm, June 18, 2013
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Mr. Dowdie from Long Island says:
I will believe it when I see it!
June 18, 2013, 10:15 am
Sally King from Wantagh says:
Rich, Let's see if they can run on time during tonight's commute. Don't always buy all the malarkey these LIRR brass are feeding you. Like my lunch sandwich, it is often baloney!
June 18, 2013, 10:17 am
Roulette Wheel Johnny from Kings Park says:
Just because the limited number of off peak trains they run are on schedule doesn't mean rush hour will be ok. In fact, I will bet anyone $100,000,000 that it will be screwed up this evening.
June 18, 2013, 10:19 am

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