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LIRR riders face another messy commute after Amtrak power problems at Penn Station

Posted at 5:13 PM, Jun 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-29 17:42:58-04

MIDTOWN, Manhattan — Long Island Rail Road service has resume with residual delays hours after service between Jamaica and Penn Station was snarled during the rush hour commute Thursday evening.

LIRR previously tweeted:

"Customers should expect cancellations & delays due to Amtrak power problems causing a loss of third rail power to 12 tracks at Penn," the LIRR posted on Twitter.

NJ Transit trains arriving into and departing from Penn Station will also have delays up to 30 minutes.

The rush hour headache comes as problems with LIRR and Amtrak continue to escalate.

Evening rush-hour cancellations and delays on the LIRR have reached their highest level in 10 years, according to transit data analyzed by the Wall Street Journal.

Problems at Amtrak-managed Penn Station have caused many of this year's problems, but the LIRR's performance also has become increasingly unreliable over the past four years, the Journal found.

From 2008 through 2012, the LIRR's systemwide on-time evening rush-hour performance averaged 93 percent during the first four months of those years. Over the last five years, it dropped to 87 percent.

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