Problems Continue on the Rails

Despite promises that the morning commute would return to normal on Friday, the problems persisted.

The MTA announced that 10 morning rush-hour Long Island Rail Road trains were canceled because Amtrak crews didn’t finish repair work by 4 a.m.  The MTA said Amtrak didn’t grant workers access to tracks overnight that would have allowed the LIRR to pre-position trains.

"Amtrak crews have restored service to all tracks at New York Penn Station.  Passengers should expect residual delays throughout the morning, with scheduled operations resuming this afternoon," Amtrak said in a statement.

The LIRR, NJ Transit and Amtrak had been running limited service since Monday morning when a train derailed at Penn Station.  On Thursday, Amtrak apologized for the problems and promised that normal service would resume on Friday.

“We disappointed our customers.  We understand that and we take responsibility for it and we’re committed to making sure it doesn’t happen again,” said Amtrak President Wick Moorman.

NJ Transit and Amtrak are operating on a typical weekday schedule.

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