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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.

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