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Customers advised to expect delays during this eveningâ¿¿s peak period related to overnight tanker truck fire in Newark

March 13, 2014

NEWARK, NJNJ TRANSIT is advising customers traveling on the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast and Raritan Valley lines to expect possible service delays and adjustments during this evening’s peak period.  This is due to AMTRAK crews working to make repairs to its signal and overhead wire systems in Newark following an overnight tanker truck accident. 


NJ TRANSIT specifically recognizes the inconvenience and challenges that these delays pose to customers and appreciates their patience and understanding.


Customers are advised of the following:

  • Raritan Valley Line trains will not depart from Track 5 at Newark Penn Station today.  Track 5 is inaccessible to trains while Track 4 west of Newark remains out of service due to ongoing repairs. 
    • Customers are advised to listen closely to station announcements or check the overhead monitors for track assignments. 
    • In addition, NJ TRANSIT emergency response team members will be on hand at the station to assist customers. 
  • Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast and Raritan Valley Line trains will be subject to delays through Newark Penn Station this evening due to congestion in the station from the inaccessible tracks.
  • Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast Line westbound service to Newark Liberty International Airport Station remains suspended until further notice.  Eastbound service to Newark Liberty International Airport Station will operate.  Customers may use the No. 62 bus from Newark Penn Station to the airport.
  • Systemwide cross-honoring of NJ TRANSIT tickets/passes is in effect today on bus, rail, light rail and private carrier buses to give customers alternate travel options.
  • Visit or access NJ TRANSIT’s Twitter feed at @NJTRANSIT for the latest service information, prior to starting your trip.  In the event of delays or service adjustments, NJ TRANSIT will provide the most current service information via the My Transit alert system, which delivers travel advisories for your specific trip to your cell phone, PDA or pager.  (If you are not yet a My Transit subscriber, we encourage you to sign up at  Service information is also available by calling (973) 275-5555 or from broadcast traffic reports.  
  • Please allow for significant extra travel time to reach your destination.


At approximately 1:45 a.m. today, a tanker truck exploded and caught fire near the intersection of McCarter Highway and Murray Street in Newark, in close proximity to Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor rail line, causing damage to overhead wires and signals within the affected area. 


AMTRAK crews are working to make the necessary repairs; however, trains will be subject to delays until the work is complete.  For the latest service information, customers are strongly advised to check before starting their trip.




NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 895,000 weekday trips on 261 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 165 rail stations, 62 light rail stations and more than 19,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.