Long Island Rail Road trains heading eastbound were cancelled and delayed following signal trouble in one of the East River tunnels, backing up the Thursday evening rush hour commute during Rosh Hashanah.

Westbound train service was temporarily suspended between Jamaica and Penn stations shortly before 4 p.m., the railroad said. Some of the eastbound trains canceled were destined for Long Beach, Babylon and Port Washington.

“We anticipate that it will take approximately two hours to complete repairs,” the LIRR said in a statement at around the time of the suspension, referring to repairs in the Queens side of one of the tunnels, which are maintained by Amtrak.

An MTA spokesman told News12 Long Island that a contractor working on the East Side Access project accidentally cut a cable while performing work in the area.

New York City transit is crossing-honoring LIRR tickets on the E and 7 subway trains.

For more information, call the LIRR travel line at 511.


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Timothy Bolger is the Managing Editor for the Long Island Press who’s been working to uncover unreported stories since shortly after it launched in 2003. When he’s not editing, getting hassled by The Man or fielding cold calls to the newsroom, he covers crime, general interest and political news in addition to reporting longer, sometimes investigative features. He won’t be happy until everyone is as pissed off as he is about how screwed up Lawn Guyland is.