Long Island Rail Road
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The East River tunnels track problem that caused up to 30-minute delays into Penn Station on nearly all Long Island Rail Road trains Tuesday morning should be cleared up before the evening commute, a LIRR spokesman said.

Amtrak, which is conducting repairs on the track, told the LIRR that repairs should be completed by the afternoon, according to the LIRR spokesman.

The LIRR attributed the delays and cancellations of a handful of trains to “a track condition” within the East River tunnels.

The track problem forced the LIRR to terminate three trains after they arrived in Jamaica Tuesday morning, and divert two others—one at Hunterspoint Avenue and another at Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn. Riders were notified to take the subway into Penn Station. NYC Transit cross honored LIRR fares, the railroad said.

Eastbound service is operating on or close to schedule, the LIRR said.

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