Storm delays rail commuters throughout the Northeast

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A composite weather radar image of the Northeast U.S. as of mid-morning on Monday shows where rain was falling at the time. Storms Sunday night into Monday downed trees and power lines delaying trains throughout the region.
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BOSTON — Communities throughout New England and the Northeast are picking up tree limbs and downed electric lines after heavy winds and rains burst through the region Sunday evening and early on Monday.

Reuters reports that wind gusts as high as 82 mph blasted through Cape Cod off the coast of Massachusetts while as much as four inches of rain fell on the region overnight.

The news service reports that Amtrak has suspended service between Boston and New Haven, Conn., for repairs to the right-of-way though the passenger railroad is reporting no weather-related delays on the Northeast Corridor. Metro-North, which shares the rails with Amtrak from New York to New Haven, is reporting weather-related delays of about 30 to 45 minutes.

The Long Island Rail Road had suspended service on its branch to Ronkonkoma, N.Y., because of downed power lines, but quickly restored the service.

Boston's Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority appears hardest hit from the storm, with 11 of the agency's commuter rail lines experiencing delays due to downed trees, lines, and equipment delayed elsewhere on the network. Dozens of bus routes are also being affected by heavy traffic.

Officials with NJ Transit, meanwhile, report few of their own delays but say that traffic bound for New York Penn Station is backed up because of traffic delays at the station. All Virginia Rail Express trains had completed their runs by mid-Monday morning and were reporting no delays.

At least two MARC trains operating out of Maryland to Washington, D.C., have struck trees and are delaying commuters while Regional Rail trains operating on Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority routes around Philadelphia are operating on 30 minute-delays because of "equipment problems."
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