Snow turns LIRR into ghost trains

Students Sean Shojaee, 21, left, of Cold Spring Harbor, and Omid Afati, 21, of Dix Hills were delayed two hours at Penn Station as they waited for a Port Jefferson train.

If the Long Island Rail Road seemed like a lonely ride to you yesterday morning, you weren’t alone: The railroad had about 70 percent fewer customers on Wednesday morning than usual.

“Many, many people decided to stay home or work from home,” said LIRR spokesperson Sal Arena. And commuting was a headache for those who did try to make it into work.

“I was delayed for a couple of hours. I got to Syosset this morning, and had to wait for an hour and a half on the platform. And then there were mixed messages — the train is delayed, the train is canceled,” said Kevin Fernandez, 42. “And then I get on the train and we were stuck in Hicksville for half an hour. And now I’m late.”

The LIRR canceled 23 Manhattan-bound trains on Wednesday. Other lines were either suspended or running on 30-minute delays. The most serious delays occurred on the Huntington/Port Jefferson branch, where there was significant snow drifting and ice on the tracks, said Arena.

The evening rush hour was mostly back to normal, as the MTA only had to cancel four trains out of about 130.


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