Amtrak announced at approximately 7 a.m. today that work to repair damage caused by Monday's NJ Transit derailment was finally finished. Unfortunately for some Long Island commuters, the job was not done in time to avoid another morning of rush hour migraines. In an announcement that threw a fistful of shade in the very first sentence, the MTA informed hopeful Long Islanders that Amtrak failed them:

Because Amtrak crews did not finish track repair work by 4 a.m. as promised and because they did not grant access to tracks overnight so that Long Island Rail Road could pre-position trains, LIRR is forced to once again operate a reduced morning rush-hour schedule this morning, which impacts 14 trains.

LIRR must cancel 10 trains to Penn Station between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m., terminate three trains at Jamaica, and divert one train to Hunterspoint Avenue, Queens, because of reduced tracks available by Amtrak.

The good news is that the MTA expects to restore full LIRR service for this evening's rush hour commute. (Details on this morning's LIRR cancellations below.) New York City Transit will cross-honor LIRR tickets at Jamaica, Atlantic Terminal and Hunterspoint Avenue. And NJ Transit has returned to a normal weekday schedule, with delays anticipated this morning. NJ Transit also announced that "cross honoring will remain in effect with NJ TRANSIT bus, light rail, private carrier bus, NY Waterway ferry, and PATH at Newark, Hoboken and 33rd Street."

In announcing the completion of repair work, Amtrak cautioned that delays are expected this morning as service resumes for the various railroads which use the tracks at Penn Station. Monday morning's derailment caused severe damage to tracks and a switch machine at a heavily trafficked intercrossing, and resulted in a third of the tracks at Penn Station being taken out of service for four days, crippling NJ Transit, Amtrak, and the LIRR.

Monday morning's derailment was the second "minor" derailment at Penn Station in less than two weeks. Yesterday Amtrak CEO Amtrak President & CEO Wick Moorman apologized for the incidents and admitted that Amtrak knew about the defective wood ties that caused the most recent derailment.

"We had notation that these timbers needed to be replaced," Moorman said. "We clearly didn't have the understanding that there was going to be an imminent failure. We knew at some point this year the maintenance program would be getting to it. We got it wrong." The Federal Railroad Administration is currently conducting a full inspection of the Penn Station tracks, which are owned and operated by Amtrak.

The day before Moorman's admission, NJ Governor Chris Christie sent an angry letter to Amtrak lambasting the company for its "apparent disregard for NJ Transit’s customers." Christie informed Amtrak that NJ Transit would stop paying Amtrak its usual fee for leasing the tracks until "an independent examination" verifies that the tracks, signals, and other equipment is in a state-of-good-repair.

The commuter nightmares caused by these recent derailments have increased calls for fast-tracking the Gateway Program, which would add a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River and alleviate demands on the maxed-out tracks at Penn Station. But the $20 billion-plus project relies heavily on the federal government for funding, and there is now concern that President Trump's proposed budget would kill it.

Below are details of the impacted LIRR rush hour trains, by branch:

Babylon Branch

The 6:13 a.m. train from Massapequa Park due into Penn Station at 7:08 a.m. is canceled. Customers can take the 6:26 a.m. train from Massapequa Park due into Penn Station at 7:22 a.m., which will have a stop added at St. Albans.

The 6:31 a.m. train from Lindenhurst due into Penn Station at 7:33 a.m. is canceled. Customers can take the 6:32 a.m. from Babylon due into Penn Station at 7:37 a.m. making all local stops to Merrick.

The 7:10 a.m. train from Babylon due into Penn Station at 8:20 a.m. is canceled. Customers will can take the 7:29 a.m. train from Babylon due into Atlantic Terminal at 8:43 a.m. Change at Jamaica for service to Penn Station.

The 7:48 a.m. train from Wantagh due into Penn Station at 8:40 a.m. will terminate at Jamaica. Customers can change at Jamaica to a Long Island Rail Road train to Penn Station or the E subway line for continuing service to Manhattan.

The 8:10 a.m. train from Freeport due into Penn Station at 8:50 a.m. is canceled. Customers will be accommodated by the 7:45 a.m. train from Babylon due into Penn Station at 8:56 a.m., adding stops at Freeport, Baldwin and Rockville Centre.

The 8:35 a.m. train from Babylon due into Penn Station at 9:37 a.m. will terminate at Jamaica. Customers can change at Jamaica to a Long Island Rail Road train to Penn Station or the E subway line for continuing service to Manhattan.

Hempstead Branch

The 7:12 a.m. train from Hempstead due into Penn Station at 8:03 a.m. will terminate at Jamaica. Customers can change at Jamaica to a Long Island Rail Road train to Penn Station or the E subway line for continuing service to Manhattan.

Long Beach Branch

The 7:04 a.m. train from Long Beach due into Penn Station at 7:57 a.m. is canceled. Customers can take the 7:23 a.m. train from Long Beach due into Penn Station at 8:22 a.m.

The 8:08 a.m. train from Long Beach due into Penn Station at 9:02 a.m. is canceled. Customers will be accommodated by the 8:03 a.m. from Long Beach due into Penn Station at 8:54 a.m., making added stops at Valley Stream, Jamaica and Woodside, or the 8:38 a.m. train from Long Beach due into Atlantic Terminal 9:26 a.m. Change at Jamaica for service to Penn Station.

Port Jefferson Branch

The 7:28 a.m. train from Cold Spring Harbor due into Penn Station at 8:25 a.m. is canceled. Customers can take the 7:37 a.m. train from Huntington due into Penn Station at 8:37 a.m., adding a stop at Hicksville.

Port Washington Branch

The 8:04 a.m. train from Great Neck due into Penn Station at 8:38 a.m. is canceled. Customers can take the 8:19 a.m. train from Great Neck due into Penn Station at 8:44 a.m., adding stops at Little Neck and Douglaston, or the 8:24 a.m. train from Great Neck, adding a stop at Woodside.

Ronkonkoma Branch

The 6:54 a.m. train from Central Islip, due into Penn Station at 8:06 a.m. is canceled. Customers can take the 6:56 a.m. train from Ronkonkoma due into Atlantic Terminal at 8:17 a.m. Change at Jamaica for service to Penn Station.

The 6:57 a.m. train from Farmingdale due into Penn Station at 7:48 a.m. is canceled. Customers can take the 6:39 a.m. train from Ronkonkoma due into Penn Station at 8:00 a.m. making an added stop at Hicksville.

West Hempstead Branch

The 7:36 a.m. train from West Hempstead due into Penn Station at 8:29 a.m. will be diverted to Hunterspoint Ave. Customers can change at Jamaica to a Long Island Rail Road train to Penn Station or the E subway line for continuing service to Manhattan.