Track Work Likely To Cause Rush Hour Delays

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STATE – Track maintenance work will likely cause rush hour delays for NJ Transit passengers along the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast and Raritan Valley lines.

Beginning Friday morning, Amtrak will perform maintenance work over a 10-day period to replace railroad ties on Track 1, the inbound local track, between Metropark and Rahway stations. This is necessary work that helps to avoid speed restrictions that would result in delays to NJ Transit and Amtrak customers.

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Amtrak will conduct the track work on a three-mile segment of Track 1, which will remain out of service continuously from Friday, Aug. 20, until Monday, Aug. 30.

During this time, while Track 1 is out of service, Amtrak and NJ Transit trains will only have three tracks available, instead of the usual four. NJ Transit is advising customers whose trains operate on the Northeast Corridor infrastructure of the potential for congestion-related delays:

Northeast Corridor: As a result of reduced track capacity, inbound (eastbound) trains may experience delays up to 10 minutes from New Brunswick to New York during the morning peak period (6 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. weekdays). Outbound (westbound) trains may experience delays up to 10 minutes from Rahway to Trenton during the evening peak period (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays).

North Jersey Coast Line: Inbound trains may experience delays up to 10 minutes from Woodbridge to New York during the morning peak period (6 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. weekdays).

Raritan Valley Line: During the morning peak period, trains arriving at Newark Penn Station may be delayed up to 10 minutes as a result of Northeast Corridor trains operating out of their scheduled timeslots.

Midtown Direct Service: Inbound trains may experience delays up to 10 minutes from Newark to New York during the morning peak period (6 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. weekdays), as a result of Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast Line trains operating out of their scheduled timeslots.

Customers should be aware that having a track out of service has the potential to exacerbate otherwise routine operational issues because the ability to route trains around problems is limited.

NJ Transit is encouraging customers to allow additional travel time during this period.

For further information, contact NJ Transit Customer Service at 1-973-275-5555.


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