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Gladstone Branch and North Jersey Coast Line Rail Service Will Remain Suspended through the End of the Service Day


November 16, 2018

NEWARK, NJ — As a result of damage from yesterday’s snowstorm, NJ TRANSIT has suspended rail service on the Gladstone Branch and North Jersey Coast Line (NJCL) to make repairs necessary to resume safe, regular service as soon as possible. Both lines will remain suspended through the end of the service day with service restoration on the NJCL expected to begin with the first scheduled train tomorrow, Saturday, November 17th, and Gladstone Branch service resuming regular weekday service on Monday, November 19th.


The Gladstone Branch remains temporarily suspended due to manpower issues related to federal hours-of-service rules following Thursday’s long service day.  Additionally, an accident involving a train striking a car at a grade crossing in New Providence resulted in damage to signal crossing protections that require repair prior to the resumption of regular rail service. 


The normally scheduled replacement bus service for the Gladstone Branch will resume Saturday morning, and regular weekday rail service will return on Monday.


NJCL train service was suspended this morning due to downed overhead wires in Middletown.  Further investigation has determined that the damage is more extensive than originally thought, and will require considerable repairs to signal lines as well as overhead wires. It’s necessary for service to remain suspended for the remainder of the day in order to restore full weekend service beginning tomorrow morning. Regular weekday service will continue to operate on Access Link, bus, light rail and all other rail lines. Customers may experience delays and potential cancellations due to the residual effects of the storm.


NJ TRANSIT bus, rail and light rail tickets and passes will continue to be cross-honored system-wide, along with private carrier buses, for the remainder of the service day today.




NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 944,000 weekday trips on 251 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.