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Commuter Problems: Reduced AC At Penn, LIRR Delays In Queens

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The hot weather is wreaking havoc for commuters waiting at Penn Station as the station's air conditioning isn't working.

New Jersey Transit says an AC problem at Penn is pushing indoor temperatures into the 90s.

Amtrak officials said Tuesday that the AC has been functioning below an optimal level for about a week due to an issue with the cooling system.

They said their crews are working to restore full AC capacity.

Travelers are trying to beat the heat by standing in front of fans and drinking water and iced coffee.

Most people we spoke with seemed to be taking it in stride, but still weren't happy about the extra heat.

"Wet, hot, sticky, sweaty," said one commuter. "Everything and above. That’s it. Everything. It’s just terrible here."

"I’ve never been here when they’ve had AC, so I’m not quite sure what that would be like," said another.

"If you’re in New York, you deal with it," said a third. "It’s part of New York. It’s what it is.”

Meanwhile, Long Island Rail Road passengers trying to get in and out of Penn are dealing with service delays in both directions in Queens after a person was struck by a train west of Forest Hills.

As of 10:10 p.m., the MTA's website said that eastbound service is running on or close to schedule at Jamaica with residual delays of approximately 20 minutes east of Jamaica.

There are also scattered westbound delays of up to 40 minutes, according to the MTA website.

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