Long Island Rail Road Suspends Trains in and Out of Penn Station, Frustrating Thousands

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A Long Island Railroad train is seen parked as commuters make their way over a foot bridge in Port Washington, New York July 17. Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

The Long Island Rail Road suspended service in and out of Manhattan's Pennsylvania Station. The mass transit service cited "signal trouble caused by power problems east of the East River Tunnels" as the issue. The suspension began just after 7 a.m., causing widespread delay during peak commuting hours. Service was also suspended between Jamaica Station and Penn Station, a popular commuter route.

The E, 7, 2 and 3 lines of the MTA honored LIRR tickets to help ease the crowds. Unfortunately, the train platforms were overwhelmed with the influx of commuters unable to take the LIRR and wait times were much longer than usual as a result.

The LIRR trains still in service in Long Island were also delayed as well. The majority of commuters on the LIRR travel from Long Island with a final destination of Penn station. Trains headed the opposite direction out of the city were also affected: a Montauk bound train was more than an hour late.

Commuters were, understandably, extremely frustrated and unhappy with the delay.

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