Severe thunderstorm warning issued in Manhattan, Queens

What should train riders be ready for on Thursday after service shutdown?

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JAMAICA, Queens — A power problem has been temporarily repaired but the MTA isn't saying exactly what caused it in the first place.

They're hoping for a normal commute on Thursday.

Trains between Jamaica and Penn Stations had to be cancelled for 2 hours during the beginning of the Wednesday morning commute as crews worked to reroute power.

Around 5 a.m. Wednesday morning, Harold Interlocking began to lose power. That's the junction in Sunnyside, Queens where many lines connect and branch off. Amtrak also runs trains in the area.

The Harold Interlocking in Sunnyside, Queens is a busy location and also the site of on-going expansion work.

Harold Interlocking is a busy location and also the site of on-going expansion work for the East Side Access Project (MTA).

The LIRR reported a normal evening commute after average delays of 15 minutes existed system-wide into the afternoon.  Earlier in the day, those delays stretched past 80 minutes for commuters.

Riders say 35-minute commutes became 2-hour treks. Get on the subway or wait for the train to move. Listen for announcements and check social media.

Typically when this situation occurs, limited shuttle trains will begin to operate in 15-minute intervals between Jamaica and Penn Stations, and in 30-minute intervals for riders going to the Forest Hills, Kew Gardens and Woodside stations.

The MTA will continue to monitor the site and investigate the potential causes.

Service updates are available on the LIRR Twitter account and via email alerts on mta.info.

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