August 23, 2010 by staff 

Lirr, The travelers were stranded and frustrated at Penn Station Long Island yesterday after rail service was halted in both directions due to switch problems.

A fire which occurred just before 11 knocked out a switch to the east of Jamaica Station, which affects all lines except for the Port Washington line. The lines serve between 230,000 and 240,000 people a day, according to the LIRR.

“I am more than frustrated, aggravated me,” said Anthony Sabato, 23, at Penn Station, which had been trying to get to West Islip from 10:30 am

Pilaccio Nick, 58, who had just finished working a shift from 4 am to 12:30 pm at the Post Office on the street and was anxious to get home to Babylon, said, “is a very bad problem” .

Long Island Rail Road officials said they did not know how soon the train lines are running again.

Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is honoring LIRR fares.

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