NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - The MTA says LIRR service has been restored on or close to schedule and should be normal for the evening rush hour. This all follows system-wide due to congestion caused by Wednesday morning's service suspension into and out of NY Penn Station. Service was completely suspended into and out of NY Penn Station at about 7:45 a.m. By 9 a.m., MTA officials announced limited switch power had been restored.
The LIRR says the suspension was the result of Amtrak power problems east of the East River tunnels that were affecting signals.
"LIRR electrical engineers have been working since shortly after 5 a.m. to identify the cause of a loss of power to the LIRR's signal system east of the East River tunnels that had hampered service this morning to and from Penn Station," the MTA said in a statement Wednesday afternoon. "The LIRR has made temporary repairs that officials believe will allow the railroad to operate on a normal schedule through the evening rush hour. However, as a cautionary note, if the temporary repairs do not hold up, train service status could change at a moment's notice."
Earlier, fans headed to the US Open are advised to use the 7 subway line.
300,000 daily riders travel in and out of New York City from Long Island.
Video from inside Jamaica Station showed a large crowd leaving an LIRR train and gathering to wait for subway trains to bring them to their destinations.