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lirr: delays on first day of amtrak’s track repairs at penn station


commuters discuss winter track work at the mineola lirr train station on monday, jan. 8, 2018. (credit: newsday / scott eidler) the four-month-long winter sequel to the long island rail road’s so-called “summer of hell” arrived monday, and with it came delays into penn station during the morning rush.those delays, about 10 to 15 minutes, were “due to the ongoing effects of last week’s winter storm,” the lirr said in a service notice.by 7 a.m., the railroad had announced some delays and cancellations on the...






lirr: trains delayed by track condition, overnight fire


advertisement | advertise on newsdaycommuters at the ronkonkoma lirr station wait as a sign displays delays into penn station on thursday, june 29, 2017. (credit: james carbone) the long island rail road was experiencing delays averaging 20 to 25 minutes into penn station thursday morning because of a third rail power problem outside amtrak’s east river tunnels, the lirr said.earlier, riders on all lines were warned to expect delays and cancellations heading into penn as a result of the track condition. the railroad said amtrak personnel were on the scene and that...






what penn station repairs will mean for your commute


what’s ahead:for all the frustration that lirr riders will have to endure this summer, at least at the end of amtrak’s track repairs and upgrades at penn station, they’ll have a considerably more reliable commute, right? most popularnot really.in fact, amtrak’s work this summer will be concentrated on a specific portion of the tracks, known as the “a-interlocking” just west of the penn station platforms, that are almost exclusively used by amtrak and nj transit, and not by the lirr. the project is impacting long island rail road service because the lirr will have to share with amtrak and nj transit some tracks during the rush hour that it typically has to itself.and so service disruptions caused by infrastructure failures on the tracks used by the lirr will not get any better once the work






lirr: trains delayed by track condition, overnight fire


advertisement | advertise on newsdaycommuters at the ronkonkoma lirr station wait as a sign displays delays into penn station on thursday, june 29, 2017. (credit: james carbone) the long island rail road was experiencing delays averaging 10 to 15 minutes into penn station late thursday morning because of a third rail power problem outside amtrak’s east river tunnels, the lirr said.until about 9:45 a.m. the average delays were 20 to 25 minutes. earlier riders on all lines had been warned to expect delays and cancellations heading into penn as a result of the track...






lirr: cancellations, delays for thursday morning commute


the long island rail road said it is canceling 10 trains for the thursday morning commute, bringing riders another difficult trip in the wake of a monday derailment that damaged tracks at penn station.“as amtrak crews continue repairing track damage at penn station, the long island rail road must cancel 10 trains to penn station between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m., terminate three trains at jamaica, and divert one train to hunterspoint avenue, queens, because of reduced tracks available by amtrak,” the railroad said wednesday in a statement on its website, adding that new york city transit will cross-honor lirr tickets at jamaica, atlantic terminal and hunterspoint avenue.most popularwednesday was the fifth chaotic commute in a row was caused by the track repairs needed at penn station and for the






critics: failure to fix aging penn signals a red light for lirr


advertisement | advertise on newsdaylong island rail road passengers wait for their train's track to be posted during the evening rush hour at penn station in manhattan on wednesday, may 10, 2017. signal issues caused delays and cancellations during the evening's rush hour. (credit: charles eckert) amtrak’s planned penn station track rehabilitation project — expected to add significant delays to the commute of lirr riders this summer — will not address one of the most problem-plagued parts of the station’s infrastructure: its 80-year-old railroad signal system.after a series of major service disruptions originating at penn, amtrak — the station’s owner — in april said it would cram...






critics: failure to fix aging penn signals a red light for lirr


advertisement | advertise on newsdaylong island rail road passengers wait for their train's track to be posted during the evening rush hour at penn station in manhattan on wednesday, may 10, 2017. signal issues caused delays and cancellations during the evening's rush hour. (credit: charles eckert) amtrak’s planned penn station track rehabilitation project — expected to add significant delays to the commute of lirr riders this summer — will not address one of the most problem-plagued parts of the station’s infrastructure: its 80-year-old railroad signal system.after a series of major service disruptions originating at penn, amtrak — the station’s owner — announced in april it would...






critics: failure to fix aging penn signals a red light for lirr


advertisement | advertise on newsdaylong island rail road passengers wait for their train's track to be posted during the evening rush hour at penn station in manhattan on wednesday, may 10, 2017. signal issues caused delays and cancellations during the evening's rush hour. (credit: charles eckert) amtrak’s planned penn station track rehabilitation project — expected to add significant delays to the commute of lirr riders this summer will not address one of the most problem-plagued parts of the station’s infrastructure: its 80-year-old railroad signal system.after a series of major service disruptions originating at penn, amtrak — the station’s owner — in april it would cram years of...






lirr: on or close after two months of track work


the long island rail road reported it was running on or close to schedule tuesday morning as it resumed normal operations following two months of service changes caused by amtrak repairs at penn station.the 6:08 a.m. train from ronkonkoma was on time tuesday for commuter kathy laveglia, 70, of patchogue, who said her summer commute went smoothly.most popularas of 7 a.m., the lirr was reporting good service on all branches.“it’s usually bad, but it’s been good all summer. i guess they (the lirr) thought they had punished us enough,” said laveglia, who works for a publishing company in lower manhattan.laveglia said she did not opt for any alternatives offered by the railroad during the summer because there were no major disruptions on her usual commute to penn and then by subway to the batte






lirr: service disruption ‘could last for days’ after derailment


service disruptions on the long island rail road “could last for days,” the lirr said tuesday afternoon, as commuters endured a third consecutive rush hour of delays and cancellations following the nj transit train derailment.customers were urged to “allow extra travel time” between 4 and 8 p.m. as “amtrak personnel continue to work round-the-clock” to repair the tracks damaged by monday morning’s derailment, the railroad said. most popularthe lirr canceled or planned to divert 26 tuesday evening rush hour trains out of penn station. “amtrak has advised us that the repairs to damaged track will take a matter of days, unfortunately,” said lirr president patrick nowakowski. “because of that, we must continue to operate on a reduced schedule until all repairs have been safely completed. we ha






amtrak begins 4 months of track repairs at aging penn station


long island rail road passengers use a staircase to access tracks 20 and 21 in penn station in manhattan on wednesday, jan. 3, 2018. photo credit: charles eckert the four-month-long winter sequel to the long island rail road’s so-called “summer of hell” has arrived.the lirr began operating under a modified schedule to accommodate amtrak’s second round of track renewal work at penn station through may 28.‬ by 7 a.m., the railroad had announced some delays and cancellations on the babylon, far rockaway, long beach, and port jefferson branches...






lirr: east river tunnel power problem spurs delays, cancellations


. lirr eastbound riders ran into delays and cancellations, and westbound service to penn station was suspended during tuesday’s evening rush hour after amtrak reported a power problem in an east river tunnel, officials said.most popularhowever, both amtrak and the long island rail road in separate statements said the repairs should be finished before wednesday morning’s rush hour. see alsoamtrak and lirr's relationship: it's complicatedabout 6 p.m. tuesday, new york city police restricted access to the penn station entrance at 34th street and seventh avenue to prevent overcrowding. entry resumed after about a half-hour.during the latest disruption, one of a recent series bedeviling commuters, the lirr said the new york city transit system was cross-honoring fares between penn station and a






amtrak says new york penn station tracks are fixed


new york — rail commuters who endured a very long week due to derailment-related track work made their way into new york's penn station on friday with assurances that the repairs were finished — just in time for the weekend.amtrak, which owns and maintains tracks used by new jersey transit and the long island rail road, said at 7:30 a.m. friday that testing and inspections were completed. but, nj transit said there was still work being done and warned that delays were possible.by that time, the long island rail road had already canceled 10 rush-hour trains into manhattan and terminated four others at stations in queens.the derailment of a nj transit commuter train monday as it approached the station platform ignited a spat between amtrak and republican new jersey gov. chris christie, who a






new jersey transit train derails at penn station, 26 trains canceled


a derailment monday at penn station — the second in less than two weeks — again caused major service disruptions for several thousand lirr commuters, prompting two state lawmakers to call for a safety review and takeover of the hub.nj transit officials said that about 9 a.m., three middle cars of a 10-car train came off the rails as the train pulled into penn station’s track 9 at slow speed. four passengers on the train, which carried 1,200 people, suffered minor injuries, according to nj transit.most popularthe derailment affected nj transit and amtrak service between penn and new jersey, and also impacted the lirr, which gave up access to some tracks so the other two railroads could operate. “the move means four of the nine penn station tracks used by the lirr for the evening rush hour a






what penn station’s summer track work could mean for the lirr


advertisement | advertise on newsdayamtrak crews work on the track at penn station. (credit: amtrak) look out commuters, summer track work at penn station is on its way.amtrak plans to take several tracks out of service for weeks at a time for infrastructure repair at the nation’s busiest rail station starting in july. the announcement of the planned outages came amid a string of major service disruptions on the lirr, including the cancellation of 90 trains during one evening rush hour in...






amtrak says new york penn station tracks are fixed


new york — rail commuters who endured a very long week due to derailment-related track work made their way into new york's penn station on friday with assurances that the repairs were finished — just in time for the weekend, but not quite in time for the morning commute.amtrak, which owns and maintains tracks used by new jersey transit and the long island rail road, said at 7:30 a.m. friday that testing and inspections were completed. but, nj transit said there was still work being done and warned that delays were possible.by that time, the long island rail road had already canceled 10 rush-hour trains into manhattan and terminated four others at stations in queens.the derailment of a nj transit commuter train monday as it approached the station platform ignited a spat between amtrak and r






lirr rider takes high road after hourslong morning commute


when tom mcguire boarded the 6:34 a.m. lirr train in merrick yesterday, he expected to arrive at penn station at 7:14 a.m. in time for work.instead, because of an amtrak third-rail power failure near the manhattan rail hub, his train got stuck in an east river tunnel and had to be towed backward at 10 a.m. then his train was rerouted to hunterspoint avenue in queens, where he took the no. 7 train to his midtown office. most popularhe arrived at work about 11 a.m. “you just have to take it in stride . . . i think we all have become pretty numb to delays,” said mcguire, 40, of merrick.unbowed by his abominable morning commute, mcguire said last night he would trust the railroad, but knows it could let him down again.“it looks like the railroad’s on time, and they fixed the issue . . . and ho






lirr rider takes high road after hourslong morning commute


when tom mcguire boarded the 6:34 a.m. lirr train in merrick yesterday, he expected to arrive at penn station at 7:14 a.m. in time for work.instead, because of an amtrak third-rail power failure near the manhattan rail hub, his train got stuck in an east river tunnel and had to be towed backward at 10 a.m. then his train was rerouted to hunterspoint avenue in queens, where he took the no. 7 train to his midtown office. most popularhe arrived at work about 11 a.m. “you just have to take it in stride . . . i think we all have become pretty numb to delays,” said mcguire, 40, of merrick.unbowed by his abominable morning commute, mcguire said last night he would trust the railroad, but knows it could let him down again.“it looks like the railroad’s on time, and they fixed the issue . . . and ho






amtrak: lirr's plan to withhold funds illegal


advertisement | advertise on newsdayan lirr train arrives at penn station. the mta says it will offer fare discounts averaging 25 percent for customers willing to commute to and from brooklyn or queens this summer. (credit: jeff bachner) the mta’s plan to withhold funding from amtrak to fund the long island rail road’s contingency plan for this summer’s penn station track outages would violate federal law and could impact the lirr’s ability to continue operating at penn station, amtrak said wednesday. in a letter to mta acting chairman fernando ferrer and interim executive director veronique hakim, amtrak president charles...






amtrak plan to fix penn station to give lirr riders headache


amtrak is planning repairs to the aging penn station infrastructure that will disrupt commutes for lirr riders, who on tuesday once again endured a miserable evening rush hour.amid mounting pressure from transit providers, new york and new jersey elected leaders, and commuters to address the failures at penn that have resulted in a spate of recent service problems, amtrak announced tuesday it is putting together a plan to “renew the infrastructure at new york penn station that will result in some delays and cancellations.”most popularamtrak owns and operates the century-old station, and the tracks and tunnels leading to it. two recent derailments at the manhattan rail hub in less than two weeks triggered headaches for hundreds of thousands of lirr commuters. see alsoamtrak and lirr: it's c






lirr: 10 trains to be canceled; disruptions could last ‘days’


the lirr said it plans to cancel 10 trains wednesday morning, with the disruptions plaguing tens of thousands of commuters since an nj transit train derailed monday at penn station possibly lasting “for days.”wednesday’s morning rush hour will mark the fourth-straight one marred by major service problems for the lirr. disruptions tuesday, including a broken rail near jamaica and a disabled nj transit train in an east river tunnel, occurred amid new questions about how amtrak runs penn, the busiest rail hub in north america.most popularin addition to canceling the trains to penn between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. wednesday, the lirr also said it would terminate three trains at jamaica and divert one to hunterspoint avenue, queens, because of reduced track capacity after monday morning’s derailment.






lirr cancels, combines 25 trains for p.m. commute


long island rail road commuters faced another frustrating evening commute on wednesday as the rail road said it canceled or diverted 25 trains that otherwise would carry them home from penn station.the fifth chaotic commute in a row was caused by track repairs needed at penn station and for the first time, amtrak offered an estimate of when the work might conclude: by friday.most popularthe damage caused by monday’s derailment has meant westbound service has been periodically suspended during the evening rush as repairs are ongoing. just after 5 p.m. wednesday, the lirr said it was restoring westbound service to penn station after an hourlong suspension. the railroad said the 4:35 p.m. train from babylon due into penn at 5:35 p.m. will be the first westbound train to operate to penn, which






lirr: expect cancellations, delays during evening rush


advertisement | advertise on newsdaycommuters at the ronkonkoma lirr station wait as a sign displays delays into penn station on thursday, june 29, 2017. (credit: james carbone) the long island rail road warned its riders to expect cancellations and delays during thursday evening’s commute because amtrak power problems caused 12 of penn station’s tracks to lose power.that is just more than one-half of penn’s 21 tracks, which the lirr shares with the national railroad and new jersey transit.“customers traveling to hempstead, long beach, far rockaway and west...






ny senators: withhold penn station funds because of delays


albany, n.y. — some new york state lawmakers want to withhold millions of dollars of funding from penn station until amtrak resolves chronic commuter train delays.legislation in the senate would direct the long island rail road and metropolitan transportation authority to cease regular payments for penn station for the rest of the year until 95 percent of the trains using the station are on time.the lirr and mta pay rent every year for the use of the busy new york city station, which has been plagued by delays, congestion and aging equipment.amtrak said in a statement monday that withholding funds is not the answer to penn station's problems.democratic gov. andrew cuomo on sunday asked president donald trump for greater federal help, saying penn station is at "a tipping point."






new jersey transit train derails at penn station, 26 trains canceled


there will be 26 fewer long island rail road trains leaving from penn station during the monday evening rush, as the lirr continues to be impacted by the derailment of a nj transit train monday morning, officials said.the lirr said it will cancel 18 trains out of penn between 4 and 8 p.m., and will have eight others originate at atlantic terminal or jamaica. most popularthe lirr said the cancellations are necessary to allow nj transit and amtrak the exclusive use of tracks 13 to 16, which are typically shared with the lirr.see alsocheck lirr service updatescartoonsmatt davies' lirr cartoons“the move means four of the nine penn station tracks used by the lirr for the evening rush hour are not available for use as a result of the derailment,” the lirr said in a statement. “the remaining lirr






lirr: train cancellations continue days after derailment


the long island rail road canceled 10 rush-hour trains friday morning — its fifth straight day of disruptions — after amtrak failed to finish repair work on damaged track in penn station on time, officials said.the repairs to the track, which had been damaged monday in a derailment of a nj transit train, were finally completed after the morning rush had begun.most popular“amtrak crews have restored service to all tracks at new york penn station,” amtrak said in a statement about 7:30 a.m.“passengers should expect residual delays throughout the morning, with scheduled operations resuming this afternoon. we apologize for the delays as we worked to make these repairs,” the statement said.the lirr said on its website shortly after 5 a.m. that 10 of its morning rush-hour trains were being cance






lirr: train cancellations continue days after derailment


the long island rail road canceled 10 rush-hours trains friday morning — its fifth straight day of disruptions — after amtrak failed to finish repair work on damaged track in penn station on time, officials said.the repairs were finally completed after the morning rush had begun.most popular“amtrak crews have restored service to all tracks at new york penn station,” amtrak said in a statement about 7:30 a.m.“passengers should expect residual delays throughout the morning, with scheduled operations resuming this afternoon. we apologize for the delays as we worked to make these repairs,” the statement said.the lirr said on its website shortly after 5 a.m. that 10 morning rush-hour trains were being canceled or diverted “because amtrak crews need more time to repair tracks.”long islandlirr co






lirr: nj transit derailment at penn to cause delays, cancellations


the long island rail road said it expected cancellations and delays on eastbound trains out of penn station during monday’s evening rush hour.the warning came after a nj transit train derailed monday morning at penn station — the second derailment in the terminal in two weeks.advertisement | advertise on newsdaynj transit suspended service into and out of penn station after one of its trains derailed at the manhattan hub about 9 a.m.see alsocheck lirr service updatescartoonsmatt davies' lirr cartoonsan fdny spokesman said that five people were injured in “a slight derailment,” and that two of them were taken to a hospital for evaluation.the lirr said the brunt of the evening delays would be between 4 and 8 p.m. when the railroad will not have access to all of its usual nine departure track






lirr: expect cancellations, delays during evening rush


advertisement | advertise on newsdaycommuters at the ronkonkoma lirr station wait as a sign displays delays into penn station on thursday, june 29, 2017. (credit: james carbone) the long island rail road warned its riders to expect cancellations and delays during thursday evening’s commute because amtrak power problems caused 12 of penn station’s tracks to lose power.that is just more than half of penn’s 21 tracks, which the lirr shares with the national railroad and new jersey transit.“customers traveling to hempstead, long beach, far rockaway and west hempstead...






mta chair on commute: today’s system was ‘pitch perfect’


more than 100,000 long island rail road commuters made it through day one of the “summer of hell” with relatively few problems, but officials warned there’s ample opportunity for things to go wrong before amtrak completes its penn station repairs in the fall.and despite assurances from amtrak that its efforts to modernize aging track components in the aging manhattan station are progressing on schedule, gov. andrew m. cuomo on monday expressed doubt that the project could be completed on time at the nation’s busiest rail station.most popular“call me a cynic. i’m afraid it goes on longer,” cuomo told news 12.but for signal issues at valley stream caused by a pse&g power outage, the lirr did not report any delays or unplanned cancellations during the first rush hour of its unprecedented plan






amtrak: lirr's plan to withhold funds illegal


the mta’s plan to withhold funding from amtrak to fund the long island rail road’s contingency plan for this summer’s penn station track outages would violate federal law and could impact the lirr’s ability to continue operating at penn station, amtrak said wednesday. in a letter to mta acting chairman fernando ferrer and interim executive director veronique hakim, amtrak president charles ‘‘wick’’ moorman said that by withholding further funding from amtrak, which owns and operates penn, the mta would not only “harm the thousands of commuter railroad passengers” that use penn station daily, but would immediately trigger contract disputes” over the lirr’s use of the station. most popular“it is unconstructive to respond to the problems at [penn] by calling for less investment,” said moorman






lirr: nj transit derailment at penn to cause delays, cancellations


the long island rail road said it expected cancellations and delays on eastbound trains out of penn station during monday’s evening rush hour.the warning came after a nj transit train derailed monday morning at penn station — the second derailment in the terminal in two weeks.most popularafter suspending trains into and out of penn station, nj transit restored limited service into and out of the manhattan hub, where one of its trains derailed about 9 a.m. see alsocheck lirr service updatescartoonsmatt davies' lirr cartoonsan fdny spokesman said that five people were injured in “a slight derailment,” and that two of them were taken to a hospital for evaluation.the lirr said the brunt of the evening delays would be between 4 and 8 p.m. when the railroad will not have access to all of its usu






mta chair on commute: today’s system was ‘pitch perfect’


thousands of long island rail road commuters made it through day one of the “summer of hell” with relatively few problems, but officials warned there’s ample opportunity for things to go wrong before amtrak completes its penn station repairs in the fall.and despite assurances from amtrak that its efforts to modernize aging track components in the aging manhattan station are progressing on schedule, gov. andrew m. cuomo on monday expressed doubt that the project could be completed on time at the nation’s busiest rail station.most popular“call me a cynic. i’m afraid it goes on longer,” cuomo told news 12.but for signal issues at valley stream caused by a pseg power outage, the lirr did not report any delays or unplanned cancellations during the first rush hour of its unprecedented plan to mo






lirr: trains delayed by track condition, overnight fire


riders on all lines of the long island rail road were warned to expect delays and cancellations heading into penn station during the thursday morning rush hour because of a track condition outside amtrak’s east river tunnels.the railroad said amtrak personnel were on the scene and that the problem was reported about 6:30 a.m.some westbound trains were being diverted to hunterspoint avenue in queens and atlantic terminal in brooklyn, the railroad said.see alsocheck lirr service updatescartoonsmatt davies' lirr cartoons“please allow extra travel time,” the railroad said in an electronic alert to riders.most popularthe 5:09 a.m. train from port washington, due penn at 5:52 a.m. “continues to be delayed outside amtrak’s east river tunnels due to a track condition,” the railroad said, adding th






amtrak: no repairs planned on lirr tracks at penn this summer


the planned summerlong infrastructure renewal work at penn station will take as many as three tracks out of service for weeks at a time, according to an amtrak executive, who also confirmed that the project will not include improvements to tracks regularly used by the lirr.mike decataldo, vice president of operations for amtrak’s eastern region, confirmed thursday during a media tour of the planned work site that during the project three tracks will be unavailable at penn, owned and operated by amtrak. most populardecataldo said the two tracks will be worked on during the project and a third will be needed for storing construction materials. decataldo did not specify the tracks to be shut down, but said they would not likely be those typically used by the long island rail road. still, lirr






lirr: w/b, e/b service to penn back; signal trouble ‘repaired’


the latest amtrak-related infrastructure problem at penn station is snarling the evening rush hour for long island rail road customers for the third day in a row.lirr eastbound and westbound service into and out of penn station has been restored, the railroad said. most popularabout 6 p.m., an amtrak spokeswoman said the signal problem at penn had been “temporarily repaired.” because of the problem, only half of the lirr’s branches were operating out of the rail hub.about 7 p.m. metropolitan transportation authority police restored full access to penn from the lirr’s 34th street entrance after limited it due to crowding conditions.in a statement, amtrak, which owns and maintains penn, said because of the “signal issue, passengers can expect delays of 30 minutes in and out of new york penn






on a busy urday, trump to call world leaders and sign more orders


president trump in the oval office on jan. 23, 2017.(p o: nicholas kamm, nicholas kamm, afp/getty images)washington — urday is a full working day in the white house, with president trump scheduled to make a round of phone calls to world leaders and sign more executive orders.the day caps off a dizzying nine-day stretch in which the new president appeared to be in perpetual motion, signing 15 executive actions, speaking to 11 world leaders, visiting three federal agencies and, on friday, hosting british prime minister theresa may.on tap for urday: japanese prime minister shinzō abe. german chancellor angela merkel, russian president vladimir putin., french president françois hollande and australian prime minister malcolm turnbull.most watched will be the call with putin, whose interference