NEWARK, NJ, MAY 19, 2003 - At 8 p.m. today, regularly scheduled service resumed in both directions on the North Jersey Coast Line between Bay Head and New York/Hoboken. NJ TRANSIT will operate normal service in both directions Tuesday, May 20, including morning peak period service.
Service was suspended at 6:50 a.m. today after a crane being carried on a barge struck the River Drawbridge, downing seven overhead wires that provide power for electric trains and power for the North Jersey Coast Line signal system. Passengers were advised to seek alternate means of transportation during the service interruption, including NJ TRANSIT and Academy bus service from central New Jersey to Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York. Both NJ TRANSIT and Academy honored North Jersey Coast Line passes and tickets during the day.
NJ TRANSIT was able to operate limited outbound-only service on the North Jersey Coast Line from New York/Hoboken to Bay Head at 3:30 p.m. this afternoon as repair work on the damaged wires continued. Repairs on the overhead wires were made at 7:15 p.m. today, allowing full service to resume at 8 p.m.
The River Drawbridge allows North Jersey Coast Line trains to operate over the Raritan River between Perth Amboy and South Amboy.
For further information, riders can call NJ TRANSIT between 6 a.m. and midnight at 800-772-2222 or 973-762-5100 from out of state. For persons with hearing impairments, the number is 800-772-2287. Riders can also visit the NJ TRANSIT website at www.njtransit.com.