Commuters trying to leave the city from Penn Station on Friday evening dealt with massive amounts of delays, following the derailment of an Amtrak train that same morning. Service on the LIRR, NJ Transit and Amtrak was eventually restored, but not before commuters had to turn to other options or sprint to any available trains.
NBC reported that Penn Station "heaved" with stranded commuters who listened to an automated announcement saying "We apologize for any inconvenience" over and over again. Due to what transit officials called a "bottleneck" resulting from the earlier derailment, more than half of the tracks used by the LIRR were "out of commission" according to the Post.
Eventually, the LIRR tweeted that service was returning to normal or close to normal, while NJ Transit notified riders that trains would operate with normal weekend service today, except for "Northeast Corridor trains that operate between Rahway and Penn Station New York," which are canceled according to the transit service's website.
LIRR is now on or close to schedule to/from Penn. Earlier, there were cancellations & delays as a result of an Amtrak derailment at Penn.
— LIRR (@LIRR) March 25, 2017
NJT will operate on regular weekend schedule with cancellation of 7600's series trains. Check website for details.
— NJ TRANSIT (@NJTRANSIT) March 25, 2017
This morning, Amtrak announced that Acela and Northeast Regional trains were running on their normal schedules.