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NJ TRANSIT TO RESTORE FULL SERVICE TO/FROM NEW YORK PENDING GO-AHEAD FROM AMTRAK

Full Weekday Service Set To Resume Friday A.M.; Cross-Honoring Continues For Customer Convenience

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 6, 2017


NEWARK, NJ — NJ TRANSIT will resume full weekday service into and out of Penn Station New York (PSNY) for Friday morning, pending completion of track repairs by Amtrak.  Amtrak has committed to reopening the closed section of track near PSNY by
4 a.m.    

 

Northeast Corridor (NEC) and North Jersey Coast Line (NJCL) schedules will return to full regular weekday service.  MidTOWN Direct trains will resume service to and from PSNY.  Raritan Valley Line (RVL) mid-day trains will resume direct service to and from PSNY.

 

“We now know that deficiencies in Amtrak’s infrastructure at Penn Station New York caused an extremely difficult and challenging week for our customers,” said Executive Director Steven H. Santoro.  “We appreciate and value all of our customers and thank them for their patience.  I want to assure our riders that NJ TRANSIT is doing everything possible to ensure Amtrak sets the bar higher on maintaining their infrastructure to prevent these types of incidents..”

 

As customers return to regular weekday schedules, cross honoring will remain in effect with NJ TRANSIT bus, light rail, private carrier bus, NY Waterway ferry, and PATH at Newark, Hoboken and 33rd Street.

 

Note:  The special New York Waterway ferry from Hoboken Terminal will not operate.

 

For the latest travel information, customers should visit njtransit.com, access NJ TRANSIT’s Twitter feed at @NJTRANSIT or listen to broadcast traffic reports.  Additionally, NJ TRANSIT will provide the most current service information via the My Transit alert system (www.njtransit.com/mytransit), which delivers travel advisories to your smartphone. Service information is also available by calling (973) 275-5555. 

 

For background

At approximately 9 a.m. Monday morning, NJ TRANSIT’s Northeast Corridor line train #3926 experienced a slow-speed derailment while pulling in to Track 9 at New York’s Penn Station.  Three cars in the middle of the ten car train derailed.  These were cars 5, 6, and 7. 

Amtrak, which owns and maintains the tracks near Penn Station New York, has determined that a track problem was the cause of the derailment.  

 

About NJ TRANSIT

NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 944,000 weekday trips on 255 bus routes, three light rail lines, 12 commuter rail lines and through Access Link paratransit service. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 166 rail stations, 62 light rail stations and more than 18,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.