Limited Rail Service Returns Friday

UPDATE – As of 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2, NJ Transit rail service on the North Jersey Coast Line, Raritan Valley Line and the Main Line was suspended due to a power failure at NJ Transit’s rail operations center which controls the lines.

Northeast Corridor service between New York and Trenton was not effected was operating from Trenton to New York on a special schedule .

TRENTON – NJ Transit will operate limited rail service on three  lines starting Friday, Nov. 2. Northeast Corridor service will run between Trenton Transit Center and Newark Penn Station; North Jersey Coast Line service between Woodbridge and Newark Penn Station and Raritan Valley Line service between Raritan and Newark Penn Station. A special schedule will be posted on by 7 p.m. this evening.

“As the backbone of the NJ Transit rail system, the restoration of Northeast Corridor service is a significant step in providing a level of service to NJ Transit’s customers,” said Transportation Commissioner and NJ Transit Board Chairman James Simpson. “Our work is far from done, as we still face a number of operational challenges, but we will continue working tirelessly to further restore service where we can safely do so.”

Service to Penn Station New York will resume following Amtrak’s restoration of the Hudson River Tunnels and its signal system is complete.

North Jersey Coast Line service between Bay Head and Woodbridge remains suspended. An assessment of rail infrastructure has revealed significant damage across the system, including:

  • Morgan Drawbridge in South Amboy sustained damage from boats and a trailer that collided into the bridge.
  • There are wires and trees down, as well as rail washouts (no ballast under the tracks), between South Amboy and Bay Head.

Raritan Valley Line between High Bridge and Raritan remains suspended.

Morris & Essex, Montclair-Boonton, Main/Bergen and Atlantic City Rail lines: Service remains suspended. An assessment of rail infrastructure has revealed significant damage across the system, including major damage due to downed trees between Summit and Millburn, as well as in Denville and Morristown. There is also overhead wire damage, including signal wires, with support poles down in Lyons and Bernardsville. In addition, rail washouts (no ballast under the tracks) occurred at Kearny Junction, where Midtown Direct service connects to the Northeast Corridor. Rail washouts also occurred at several tracks in Hoboken Terminal and at Netcong Station.

Elsewhere on the rail system, local power outages have prevented NJ Transit rail operations from being able to further test crossing gates and operating signals. In addition, hundreds of downed trees have fallen across the rail system, which have caused damage to overhead wires and signal wires. Several rail stations have sustained flood damage, including Hoboken Terminal.

Today. NJ Transit restored the majority of bus service throughout the state, operating full service on 68 bus routes in northern New Jersey and 18 bus routes in southern New Jersey, and restoring partial service on 58 bus routes in northern New Jersey and 17 routes in southern New Jersey.  Also on Thursday, River Line service was restored between the Trenton Transit Center and the Entertainment Center in Camden, operating on a Sunday schedule.  Limited Access Link paratransit service resumed operation as well.

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