All LIRR trains face hours of delays, more than 1,000 riders trapped as 2 trains become disabled

Posted at 8:11 AM, May 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-30 17:19:51-04

NEW YORK — All Long Island Rail Road lines are facing delays and cancellations during, and more than 1,000 riders were trapped when two trains became disabled due to power issues in a tunnel leading to New York's Penn Station during Tuesday's morning rush-hour, according to the MTA.

There was a potential for delays and cancellations during the morning rush due to a third rail power issue in a East River Tunnel, the MTA first reported around 8 a.m.

The threat of delays persisted well into the afternoon, according to the MTA's website.

Two LIRR trains became disabled due to the morning incident.

One train, carrying 1,000 passengers, was stuck for an hour and 15 minutes before resuming.

The second one remained trapped as of 9:20 a.m., at which time the MTA said it was being towed.

More than 1,000 people were trapped when two LIRR trains became disabled on May 30, 2017. (Twitter/ @MichaelTrabold)

Westbound LIRR delays are about one hour into Penn Station, according to the MTA.

Some trains are being canceled at Jamaica, or diverted to Hunterspoint Ave or Atlantic Terminal.

NYC Transit is honoring LIRR tickets as follows:

  • 1, 2, 3, A, C and E trains at 34 St-Penn Station
  • 7 trains at Hunterspoint Ave, Woodside 61st St and Mets-Willets Point
  • E, J and Z trains at Jamaica Sutphin Blvd-Archer Av
  • E, F, M and R trains at Forest Hills 71st Av
  • E and F trains at Kew Gardens Union Tpke

For more information, visit for service updates or see tweets from @lirr.