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Third Rail Problem Snarls LIRR Commute Monday
About a dozen Long Island Rail Road trains were cancelled because of a problem with the third rail in one of the East River tunnels, sparking up to hour-long delays during the Monday morning rush hour commute.
Some trains were combined with others or diverted to the Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn or ended in Jamaica to ease congestion, forcing Manhattan-bound commuters to take subways the rest of the way, the LIRR said.
Amtrak, which maintains the four tunnels, is working to repair the problem that emerged shortly before 8 a.m., halfway through the LIRR’s first peak hour of the week, the railroad said.
New York City Transit had been cross-honoring LIRR fares for commuters on the E train from Jamaica and 7 train from Hunterspoint Avenue, but that offer has since expired.
Service was back to running on schedule before noon, the LIRR said.