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May 13, 2005
12:30 p.m.

NEWARK, NJ -- NJ TRANSIT expects rail service to operate most trains on close to normal schedules this afternoon, with scattered delays possible, as trains continue traveling slowly over the fire-damaged Portal Drawbridge. Midtown Direct service will continue into and out of Hoboken, while all other lines will offer normal weekday service.

NJ TRANSIT Executive Director George D. Warrington said that given the operating conditions on this critical stretch of railroad, NJ TRANSIT’s morning operating plan worked well to minimize delays for the greatest number of customers possible and to keep trains moving. He thanked commuters for their patience and rail employees for their efforts.

"We commend Amtrak’s troops who worked diligently through the night to restore service in time for this morning’s commute," said Executive Director George D. Warrington. "I appreciate their hard work and cooperation, as well as the swift actions by first responders, including police and firefighters."

Warrington added that the Access to the Region’s Core Project, endorsed yesterday by Governor Pataki, will provide operating flexibility and redundancy that will ultimately enable NJ TRANSIT to route more trains to Manhattan during these types of incidents.

The Corporation continues to urge commuters to give themselves extra travel time, expect some delays traveling into or out of New York, and go to for the latest service information. Cross honoring will remain in effect through this evening and weekend service will operate normally tomorrow, including Secaucus Junction service to Newark and New York.