LIRR service near normal after lightning strike

September 30, 2011 2:10:53 PM PDT
The MTA Long Island Rail Road is operating a near-normal schedule on Friday, but customers are advised that there will be some canceled trains and some delays.

Lightning struck crucial switching equipment in Jamaica on Thursday afternoon, and the signal system that controls the operation of trains into and out of Jamaica was damaged. LIRR employees, working non-stop around-the-clock, restored the signal system in time for the morning rush.

Customers are advised to check on LIRR service before heading to train stations by monitoring the MTA website,, listening to the latest traffic reports and signing up for free E-Alerts that provide the latest train information direct from the LIRR train operations center.

Customers can also contact the LIRR's Travel Information Center at 718-217-5477 (718-217-LIRR). If you are deaf or hard of hearing, use your preferred relay service provider or the free 711 relay to reach LIRR at 718-217-5477.

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