LIRR Trains Delayed After Third Rail Malfunction Under East River, MTA Says

By Aidan Gardiner on August 19, 2013 10:02am 

 Trains into Penn Station were delayed up to 60 minutes after a third rail malfunctioned, the MTA said.
Trains into Penn Station were delayed up to 60 minutes after a third rail malfunctioned, the MTA said.
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NEW YORK CITY — Manhattan-bound Long Island Rail Road commuters were in for delays of up to an hour on Monday after a third rail malfunctioned in an East River tunnel, the MTA said.

Fifteen of the LIRR's 140 regular rush-hour trains were canceled after the rail malfunctioned about 7:40 a.m., according to an MTA spokesman.

The MTA was cross-honoring fares on the E and 7 trains, according to their website.

Amtrak, which operates the tunnel along with three others in the East River, hoped to have the track operating normally by the afternoon rush hour, a spokesman said.

It was not immediately clear what caused the malfunction, the Amtrak spokesman said.

Straphangers took to social media to vent their frustration.

"Another day another delay. Possible to go thru entire week without incurring major delays? #epicfail," Bryan Wiener tweeted.

Other commuters in East Harlem and the South Bronx were also facing delays Monday morning when a water main break prompted the MTA to suspend 6 train service in the area.

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