August 24, 2010 by staff
Lirr Delays, The Long Island Railroad, which runs at 60% capacity during peak hours in the afternoon after a fire in a switching tower, closed almost the whole system on Monday, stranding thousands of travelers throughout Long Island and at Penn Station.
Service stopped at each side of the railroad, except the Port Washington branch just before 11 am Monday. On Monday afternoon LIRR said that “very limited” service was resumed through Jamaica. But the railroad will operate fewer trains than normal, and 100 000 LIRR passengers leaving New York will likely face delays and crowded trains.
“Once you lose control of the cable and switching systems that trains do not move” for security reasons, LIRR President Helena Williams said Monday.
Passengers returning to Long Island has to wait outside Penn Station before going to the trains. The police will be available for crowd control, Williams said. All trains were going to do locally.
“There is a high enough density of train service, even at 60%, which we will be able to get our customers home,” he said.
The fire knocked out the big machine, changing decades old in a tower east of Jamaica Station in Queens. Tower workers were evacuated briefly, and suspended rail service in almost all lines. Firefighters quickly put out the fire, but the railroad was still trying to figure out the amount of damage.
Workers at the control tower switching trains run on which issues to launch a series of levers. LIRR teams spent much of the afternoon to set routes manually with an antiquated system called lock-and-peak, “said Charles.
Richard Jerothe, an executive with 45 years of age in a Brooklyn medical transportation company, boarded a train at 10:11 Ronkonkoma went to the Atlantic Terminal. But the train only made with regard to Floral Park, where he sat for hours. Last Minute in an important meeting to discuss standby generators for ambulance depots, expects Mr. Jerothe were raised briefly when he heard the announcement that the train was preparing bus service. But 45 minutes later, he said, another announcement said there would be no buses.
“The crews of the trains have absolutely no information coming down from the company or the management to know what is happening,” said Jerothe. “It puts them in a very difficult position.”
Carlos, LIRR spokesman, said the railroad has been trying to disseminate information through its alert system e-mail and the media.
In Manhattan, Maureen Michaels being decided late Monday whether to share a car home to Cold Spring Harbor with his sister. Michaels, chairman of the LIRR Commuter Council, wanted to get home to help your child pack for your first year of college. She criticized the LIRR because they have no plans to deal with the stop.
“I think buses should be parked in front of Penn Station,” she said. “They need a contingency plan … that is not” going to run trains few and far between. “
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