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Amtrak tunnel repairs to end in mid-Jan.

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NEW YORK (AP) - An Amtrak spokesman says the railroad doesn't expect to complete repairs to two storm-damaged East River tunnels until mid-January.

Newsday says Amtrak spokesman Clifford Cole reiterated the estimate on Monday.

The Long Island Rail Road wants the repairs done sooner.

Superstorm Sandy flooded 2 of the four East River tunnels that the LIRR uses to get passengers to and from Penn Station in Manhattan. That's resulted in delays and crowded trains.

Amtrak owns and maintains the tunnels. The LIRR is the primary user.

Until Amtrak fully restores the signal system, the LIRR can run only about 70% of its rush-hour trains.

 

Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com

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