For once it's not MARC -- Long Island trains stalled
For once it's not MARC riders who are enduring a brutal day on commuter rail. Hundreds of thousands of New York commuters were left at stations after a fire in a switching tower shut down most of the trains on the Long Island Railroad.
At last report, service was not expected to be restored in time for rush hour. The LIRR, the nation's busiest commuter rail system, carries an average of 265,000 riders daily. Ten of the system's 11 lines were affected by the shutdown. The tower that was damaged by fire is in Jamaica, Queens, a major transfer point. There were no injuries.
Meanwhile, all three MARC lines were reported to be running on schedule.