AirTrain Passengers Stranded for Hours
Monday, August 27, 2012
Authorities say about 140 passengers were stranded for hours on a train that runs to and from Kennedy International Airport following a computer malfunction.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said the problems on the AirTrain started Sunday around 5:30 pm. Service was not restored until shortly after 10 p.m.
The New York Times reports some passengers had to walk beside the tracks to the nearest station, nearly a mile away.
The service is owned by Port Authority, but operated by another company.
A spokesman for the Authority told the Times the problem was a loose wire on the main computer. He said the agency wasn't informed of the malfunction for nearly two hours, and sent buses for stranded riders.
AirTrain carries about 50,000 riders a day.