Overhead Wire Problem Snarls Train Service (Updated)

STATE — NJ Transit has been able to partially restore train service between Newark Penn Station and New York that had been temporarily suspended, but delays are expected throughout the evening.

According to NJ Transit, overhead wires came down across both tracks near Portal Bridge (on the Northeast Corridor just west of Secaucus Junction) at approximately 11:30 a.m. The cause is under investigation, and officials have not determined if the problem was weather-related. Repairs are expected to last through the afternoon.


As of 2:30 p.m., one of the two tracks is back in use, allowing for limited restoration of service to/from New York on the Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast lines.

Commuters should be aware that:

  • Service to/from New York has been restored on the Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast lines. Due to limited track capacity, customers should expect delays of up to an hour.
  • Midtown Direct trains will continue to operate to/from Hoboken, instead of New York, for the remainder of Wednesday. All Midtown Direct trains will make all local stops today. (Midtown Direct trains are the subset of trains on the Morris & Essex and Montclair-Boonton lines that normally operate to/from New York.)
  • All trains in/out of Hoboken are subject to 20-30 minute delays due to congestion.
  • Customers on the Main, Bergen County, Pascack Valley and Port Jervis lines should travel via Hoboken, rather than Secaucus. Please allow additional travel time.
  • All customers should expect delays, cancellations and combinations throughout the day as repairs are underway.

PATH trains are cross-honoring NJ Transit tickets and passes at Newark Penn Station, Hoboken Terminal and 33rd Street in Manhattan.

NJ Transit and private carrier buses are honoring rail tickets and passes on bus trips to/from Port Authority Bus Terminal.

Visit njtransit.com for the latest information.

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