LIRR outage blamed on bare cable

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Commuters wait during a delay at New York's Penn Station.
Mike Michaels
NEW YORK — Bare cables seem to be to blame for last week’s one day East River Tunnel delays incurred by Long Island Rail Road commuters.

The reason for last week’s delays proved to be a century-old looking exposed 'open line' copper wire on some wooden poles from a signal bungalow between Woodside station and Harold Interlocking in Sunnyside, Queens, according to LIRR President Patrick Nowakowski. The investigation into the incident couldn’t reveal what was wrong with it but the line was replaced and the signaling system worked once again. The solution for now was a temporary fix.

Nowakowski later added this incident might not be the last of it all as far as he’s concerned and didn’t know why a redundant backup system didn’t kick in.

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