Long Island Rail Road
Long Island Rail Road

A broken Long Island Power Authority utility pole is the cause of service suspensions on the Ronkonkoma and Port Jefferson branches of the Long Island Rail Road Thursday afternoon, officials said.

The railroad has suspended service in both directions east of Mineola on those two branches as crews continue to work on the utility pole, which is leaning on electrical lines west of the Hicksville station.

The utility anticipates to resolve the issue by 1:30 p.m., the LIRR said.

In the meantime, Port Jefferson and Ronkonkoma trains are being combined and departing from Penn Station on the Ronkonkoma branches train times. The trains are being routed to Babylon, where riders will transfer for diesel train shuttle service to Hicksville, the LIRR said.

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