NJ Transit Commuters Face Delays

23 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Amtrak Overhead Wire Problem Snarls Morning Commute For NJ TRANSIT Riders.

NJ Transit rail commuters faced delays of up to 90 minutes on Wednesday morning after a power problem snarled train traffic into and out of New York City. New Jersey commuters into Manhattan are dealing with major delays after service was halted ahead of Wednesday’s morning rush hour to fix overhead power cables. A spokesman for the national passenger railroad said Amtrak had restored power as of 7:45 a.m., following an outage in both tunnels under the Hudson River, some other tracks and portions of Sunnyside Yard in Queens. Morris and Essex and Montclair-Boonton Midtown Direct service continues to be diverted to Hoboken where PATH is cross honoring. (TM and © Copyright 2015 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries.

Amtrak, the national rail operator, shares its tracks with New Jersey Transit, the third-largest mass-transit system in the U.S., with almost 223 million passenger trips annually. Amtrak has been hit by a series of issues since Monday, with signal problems in the Hudson Tunnel and in the Northeast Corridor causing delays for commuters. There were reported delays in the Monday evening commute, and last week the agency’s board approved an average fare increase of about 9% to take effect Oct. 1. New Jersey Transit’s governing board voted this month to raise fares an average 9 percent and to eliminate some bus and train routes to help close a $120 million deficit.

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