Another day of delays for LIRR commuters

December 22, 2009 7:25:26 AM PST
It's going to be another rough day of delays for commuters on the Long Island Rail Road. The LIRR is still dealing with snow drifts from the weekend snow storm.

LIRR officials are telling commuters to pack some patience.

If your commuting plans include a trip between Ronkonkoma and Greenport, then plan extra time, because LIRR service is still down due to high snow drifts.

Those drifts, along with freezing temperatures, are causing problems for the agency's equipment.

That has left buses to replace trains until more snow can melt or be cleared.

The Ronkonoma line has been especially hard hit with up to one hour delays, while the Port Jefferson Huntington branch has experienced 25 minute delays.

On Monday ,the Long Island Rail Road's president apologized to the 150 passengers stranded for more than three hours on a disabled train Sunday morning.

"It was extremely inconvenient for customers and very distressing. We were concerned about that, as well," Helena Williams said.

The train broke down less than 140 yards from the platform of the Wyandanch station.

They were without heat, lights, food, water or even a working bathroom.

The agency has promised to work harder so that a delay like that will be handled better. The problems continued with 22 trains delayed and four canceled.

Railroad officials say problems with switches, equipment and slippery rails are inevitable. That has riders adjusting their schedules.

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