Trains on the Babylon, Ronkonkoma, Montauk, and Long Beach Long Island Rail Road lines are still running with delays following an overnight work train derailment that seriously screwed up a lot of people's commutes. The maintenance car derailed overnight east of Woodside. No one was injured, but the process of removing the train affected five lines during the worst period of the morning commute.
One enterprising Pokemon Go enthusiast took advantage of the unexpected down time before work.
— Jason Rabinowitz (@AirlineFlyer) July 18, 2016
Others wondered whether it was worth it to even try.
Hey @LIRR will I actually get to penn on time on the 11:11 from Ronk or should I just not even bother
— Yaboi Street Knish (@Amandii) July 18, 2016
This guy decided no.
@LIRR Well I had to stay home from work today because I couldn't tell which trains were being diverted.
— Frank Fury (@Fury5701) July 18, 2016
For one newbie LIRR commuter, the horror is just a taste of what's to come (until lawmakers in Albany commit meaningful funding to repairing the MTA's crumbling empire).
OMG just started taking the LIRR last week and this train is always get me to the city at least 20 min later then what it says online WTF!
— elvismejia (@elvism90) July 18, 2016
It's 2016 and the LIRR is still having derailed trains. pic.twitter.com/LvqqzRzicf
— Funk (@jfunk33) July 18, 2016
One commuter was unaware that the Long Island Rail Road is not a privately operated corporation, which may offer a clue to part of the source of the problem.
@LIRR how do you consistently make millions of people late to work, and still exist as a company?
— Donna Brown (@donnagbrown87) July 18, 2016
Others expressed their frustration through the time-honored medium of bad jokes.
Long Island Railroad? More like Long Island Fail Road. #lirr
— jasonmichaelbrescia (@jm_Brescia) July 18, 2016
@LIRR is a fucking train wreck
— Jackie Warren (@JaayDubbz) July 18, 2016
Parenthetically, imagine how much of this sort of internet use we are spared by the lack of connectivity in most of the subway system.
— Katie McGuire (@katiemickgee) July 18, 2016
With residual delays on the L train from a track fire that shut down service between Bedford Avenue and Eighth Avenue until 10 a.m., traffic back-ups in the Lincoln Tunnel and on the Van Wyck Expressway and Garden State Parkway following separate crashes, this morning's commute was a disaster for hundreds of thousands of work-bound schlubs.
horrible start to week.Lincoln Tunnel closed, van wyck closed, LIRR DErailment, and now L train suspended first to eighth avenues
— GridlockSam Schwartz (@GridlockSam) July 18, 2016