People Stranded Aboard LIRR Train Amid Power Problems, MTA Says

The problem was with the third rail just outside the tunnels, but the MTA did not have any other information about the cause of the issue.The situation prompted an FDNY rescue operation and passengers from that train were transferred onto an LIRR diesel train to Queens.After arriving at Hunterspoint Avenue station, rider Marisa Baglio, 38, of Bayshore said, “It’s frustrating”.Amtrak, which operates the track where the train stalled, dispatched crews to the scene, the MTA said about 8:15 a.m. They arrived there around 8 a.m. and were met with MTAPD and NY fire department personnel who assisted them. The train, which was coming from Port Washington, stalled around 5:40 a.m., according to a railroad official.The incident left one of Amtrak’s four East River Tunnels out of service.Some trains are being diverted to Hunterspoint Avenue and Atlantic Terminal, the MTA said. Trains that are traveling into Penn Station were delayed an average of 20-25 minutes.NYC Transit is honoring LIRR tickets on the E at Jamaica (Sutphin Blvd-Archer Av), Kew Gardens (Union Tpke), & Forest Hills (71st Av); at Atlantic Terminal on the Nos. The LIRR asked commuters to plan for potential delays and cancellations into Penn Station Thursday morning.Separately, an overnight fire caused signal damage near Mastic Shirley, and is forcing delays up to 66 minutes for LIRR’s Montauk Branch. Limited service has now been restored between Patchogue and Speonk.