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Your LIRR Commute After Sandy

With commuter anger boiling over repairs to East River Tunnels, we want to know how your commute has been going.

There have been many challenges in the area since Hurricane Sandy struck last month, but one of the biggest has been fixing our damaged rail system.

A major issue has been the repair of two East River tunnels owned by Amtrak which the Long Island Rail Road uses to get into Manhattan.

Rep. Steve Israel, D-Huntington, held a press conference in which he said he received assurances from Amtrak that the tunnels would be repaired by Christmas week.

Earlier this week, the LIRR announced that all branches were running on a 'near-normal' schedule.

Jaime Sumersille November 30, 2012 at 03:40 PM
I'll start! My husband takes this line from Bellmore and his commute has been extended nearly an hour each day due to cancelled or combined trains and crowding.
John November 30, 2012 at 07:11 PM
It has been terrible. No seats to be had and barely any standing room on any train during the PM commute on the Babylon branch.
CM December 01, 2012 at 04:44 PM
It is nowhere near normal. Overcrowding, cancellations, Penn station getting shut down. It's a mess.
Chris Wendt December 02, 2012 at 11:41 AM
Thursday PM commute was the most normal since the storm. The Massapequa Park express train that had been an SRO Babylon local for the past few weeks was back to being an express, with RVC as the first stop. Only problem was, the train crew had the L.E.D. signs on the outside of the train saying "Babylon" and there was some commotion before the train left, and several Babylon passengers had to get off, or take the train to MPK and transfer there. You can avoid some of the crowding by leaving earlier, but not always. Fridays this does not work because too many people have figured it out and any train leaving Penn after 3:30 on Fridays is likely to be full. A friend of mine has the option of leaving out of either Penn or Brooklyn (from Downtown Manhattan) has been doing okay going out of Brooklyn on Babylon line trains. I don't know if this is official LIRR policy or not, but the "Quiet Car" is not being announced or enforced anymore. Friday, trying to read my book going home, there were two people in the last ("Quiet") car talking incessantly about crowded, delayed trains. An hour-long rehash of the Perils of Pauline, only everyone on the train had already been there and done that. Surreal. I put the book away and closed my eyes, but was unable to fall asleep. Interesting book: The Signal and the Noise (Nate Silver) Nonfiction, best seller: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/04/books/review/the-signal-and-the-noise-by-nate-silver.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

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