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Rush hour snarled by off-the-rails NJ Transit train

Long Island Rail Road customers were affected when a minor train derailment on NJ Transit yesterday morning knocked out nine out of 21 tracks at Penn Station.

Long Island Rail Road customers were affected when a minor train derailment on NJ Transit yesterday morning knocked out nine out of 21 tracks at Penn Station. The derailment made last night’s commute hell for many.

The LIRR canceled 22 trains and others were delayed by up to 30 minutes. The LIRR advised customers to take the subway to Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn and leave from there.

Riders on NJT’s Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast lines experienced hourlong delays yesterday. Amtrak trains were delayed by 30 minutes.

Gov. Chris Christie recently canceled work on a new tunnel to increase NJ Transit traffic into and out of Penn Station. He is currently deciding whether to resume the project.

An LIRR spokesperson said the one thing that will definitely ease congestion for riders will be East Side Access, an LIRR connection at Grand Central that is expected to be completed in 2016.

 
 
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