Sugar Magnolia wrote: ↑
Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:28 am
Wouldn't it be easier to just make the person move?
Volkonski wrote: ↑
Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:17 am
Trespasser on Tracks in East River Tunnel Causing LIRR Problems
https://patch.com/new-york/northfork/s/ ... =northfork
The Long Island Rail Road is canceling and diverting trains at Jamaica Station Thursday morning due to a person on the tracks in one of the East River tunnels.
It's unclear why the person is on the track, but the LIRR says they are "unauthorized" to be there.
Westbound commuters can transfer at Jamaica for LIRR service to Atlantic Terminal and then 2/3 service into Penn Station.
That takes time. There is a live electric third rail in the LIRR tracks that go under the East River. For safety the portion of the third rail that runs thru the tunnel has to be isolated and depowered before the MTA Police go in to apprehend someone.
A tunnel closure of even 20 to 30 minutes causes serious disruption during rush hour.
The LIRR runs a lot of trains (500 a day concentrated in the morning and evening rush hours) into and out of Penn Station via the East River tunnels. There are 4 single track East River tunnels, 2 westbound and 2 eastbound. If one westbound tunnel is blocked then the LIRR loses 50% of its capacity for inbound Penn Station trains.
To make matters worse, all but one of the LIRR's 11 branches run thru the Jamaica station which is 10 miles east of Penn Station. Trains that can't go into Penn Station would quickly block much of the system so they terminate them at Jamaica and then send them east again. They can't let them sit in Jamaica waiting for the tunnel to reopen.
As the article says, Penn Station bound passengers who have to get off at Jamaica can get on trains for the Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn where they can get on the subway into Manhattan.
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