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Passover Holiday Commuters Hit With Rail Snags

Earlier track condition in one of Amtrak’s East River tunnels caused delays and cancellations on the Babylon branch and others Monday evening.

An earlier problem with one of Amtrak’s East River tunnels caused train delays and cancelations on all LIRR branches – including the Babylon line that stops in Lindenhurst – Monday evening.

Service was restored to normal by 9 p.m., with the MTA website and the LIRR Twitter stream noting, “LIRR service is running on or close to schedule system-wide.”

The LIRR had been experiencing “eastbound delays of 10 to 15 minutes, east of Jamaica, and westbound delays of 5 to 10 minutes,” the site said earlier this evening.

The Amtrak East River tunnel problem caused delays that may have hampered the LIRR holiday schedule that was supposed to coincide with the start of Passover on Monday evening.

The schedule includes “nine additional trains from Penn Station, between 2:08 p.m. and 3:48 p.m., for customers leaving work early in observance of Passover, April 19, and Good Friday, April 22,” the MTA website said.

Each of those days there will be three additional trains on the Babylon branch:

  • 2:24 p.m. express to Lynbrook, then all stops to Babylon.
  • 3:00 p.m. stopping at Jamaica, Rockville Centre, then all stops to Babylon.
  • 3:31 p.m. express to Rockville Centre, then all stops to Babylon.

For more information about the holiday schedule, customers can call the LIRR's Travel Information Center at 718-217-5477 (718-217-LIRR) or visit the LIRR’s website. Hearing-impaired customers can use the free 711 relay to reach the LIRR at 718-217-5477.

However, due to Monday’s earlier track condition in one of Amtrak's East River tunnels, the LIRR experienced significant delays during the evening rush, as posted on the MTA website and the LIRR Twitter stream late Monday afternoon.

Customers heading home Monday evening were told they should anticipate delays as well as canceled and combined trains.

Customers traveling on the Babylon line learned that the 4:34 p.m. train from New York due in Babylon at 5:39 p.m. was canceled. They were accommodated by the 4:37 p.m. train from Penn to Babylon.

The 4:04 p.m. train from Penn due in Babylon at 5:05 p.m. was also canceled, as was the 6:33 p.m. train from New York due in Babylon at 7:35 p.m. Customers were accommodated by the 6:36 p.m. train from Penn to Wantagh, which was extended to Babylon.

The LIRR also experienced 20-30-minute eastbound delays out of Penn Station.

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