NJ Transit, LIRR Trains Delayed and Re-Routed at Height of Monday Rush Hour

By Alan Neuhauser on July 9, 2012 11:02am 

Long Island Railroad and New Jersey Transit trains were delayed Monday morning due to signal and computer problems at New York Penn Station.
Long Island Railroad and New Jersey Transit trains were delayed Monday morning due to signal and computer problems at New York Penn Station.
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NEW YORK — Signal and computer problems at New York Penn Station caused protracted relays on multiple New Jersey Transit and the Long Island Rail Road train lines at the height of the Monday-morning rush hour.

Trains on NJ Transit's Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast lines were subject to 30-minute delays due to an Amtrak computer problem at Penn Station affecting signal and switch controls, a New Jersey Transit spokeswoman said.

To ease congestion, Midtown Direct trains were diverted to Hoboken, where PATH was accepting NJ Transit rail tickets. New Jersey Transit buses and private carriers were also cross-honoring rail tickets.

All Long Island Rail Road trains except those on the Port Washington branch were also operating with 20-minute delays to and from Penn Station due to signal problems at the transit hub, according to the LIRR website.

Amtrak did not return calls for comment.

Check the NJ Transit and Long Island Railroad websites for updates.

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