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LIRR service resumes after signal problem snares evening commute

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NEW YORK — Several Long Island Rail Road trains were canceled Wednesday due to signal problems that hit just as rush hour was about to get underway, the transit authority said.

The signal problem, originating in one of the East River tunnels, is affecting trains on the Long Beach, Port Jefferson and Port Washington branches, LIRR said.

It appears the problems started in time to first affect the 3:43 p.m. train from Penn Station due to Huntington at 4:49 p.m.

Eastbound service out of Penn Station to Babylon, Port Jefferson, Port Washington and Ronkonkoma branches is limited, and all westbound service as been suspended, as of 4:50 p.m., according to the MTA.

The MTAPD restricted access to Penn Station at the 34th Street and Seventh Avenue entrance due to crowding.

By Wednesday evening, service was resuming to a normal schedule.