Trains have been canceled and delays are expected during Monday's LIRR evening rush, as a result of Sunday’s Amtrak derailment in one of the East River tunnels.
Of the 126 trains normally operating during the p.m. rush, 20 eastbound trains from Penn Station will be canceled and combined with other trains, which the MTA warns will result in trains being crowded.
On Farmingdale's Ronkonkoma Branch, the 4:54 p.m. train from New York due in Farmingdale at 5:56 p.m. is canceled. Customers will be accommodated by the 5:01 p.m. train from New York to Ronkonkoma, which will make all added stops.
Customers should allow extra travel time and expect at least 10-20 minute delays during the evening rush. Stopping patterns on some trains may change, so customers should listen for announcements or consult station signage.
"Amtrak is continuing the work to re-rail its train cars that derailed in one of the East River tunnels as a result of a broken rail. The work is being performed in the tight quarters of the tunnel with specialized crane equipment," reads the statement on the MTA website. "As the train cars are cleared, the track and signals are being inspected and repairs are being made."
The MTA expects that morning and evening rush hour service will be significantly affected at least through Wednesday.