After months of planning and dread, the “summer of hell” has arrived on Long Island.
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Trains came and went at Jamaica station mostly unremarkably during Monday’s morning rush hour, passengers and LIRR personnel said.
Jamaica station, a potential choke point junction where hundreds of trains pass through each day, was flooded with LIRR customer service personnel in blaze-orange safety vests.
They carried paper printouts of scheduling changes, and helped direct passengers through sometimes confusing train transfers. One of them, who had been on duty since 5 a.m., said the morning commute at Jamaica seemingly had gone off without a hitch.
The LIRR employee, who would only identify herself as a manager in a project planning office, said many of her colleagues in the office had been reassigned to help guide commuters on Jamaica station’s platforms, and that she expected to continue to do so into September.
“It’s been all hands on deck,” she said. “But I don’t know how our regular work is going to get done.”
9:03 a.m. West End Concourse
9:02 a.m. Atlantic Terminal
8:56 a.m. Port Washington
8:39 a.m. Penn Station
8:32 a.m. Hunterspoint Avenue
8:17 a.m. Penn Station
Almost at Penn and I haven't seen a single conductor 🙄— Jenna Bella (@mushybella) July 10, 2017
8:13 a.m. Hunterspoint Avenue
8:03 a.m. Babylon
My train (8:03 Babylon-Penn) is one minute ahead of schedule leaving Jamaica. Forest Hills and Penn are the last two stops. #SummerOfHell— Baby (@HornikGSN) July 10, 2017