NEWARK – NJ Transit has restored limited service on the Morris & Essex lines, including limited Midtown Direct – Morristown service. Midtown Direct – Gladstone and Montclair remain out of service. Limited service continues on the Northeast Corridor into New York Penn Station. Special schedules detailing this limited service can be accessed by visiting njtransit.com.
“The restoration of limited Morris & Essex service and the addition of more trains on the Northeast Corridor is yet another step forward for NJ Transit rail customers,” Transportation Commissioner and NJ Transit Board Chairman James Simpson said Sunday night when he announced the service restoration.
“Even with this news, service into New York Penn remains extremely limited. For this reason, we continue to encourage our customers to utilize NJ Transit’s emergency bus and ferry operations for their commutes into Jersey City, Weehawken, as well as into Midtown and Lower Manhattan.”
Sunday evening, Amtrak completed testing of the north Hudson River tunnel, which had been out of service following flooding sustained during Hurricane Sandy. While the reopening of this tunnel will permit the operation of additional service into New York, flood damage to Amtrak’s Sub 41 power generation facility in Kearny has substantially limited rail capacity on the Northeast Corridor. With the restoration of this substation expected to continue into the coming weeks, rail service into and out of New York Penn Station will continue to remain limited. Substation 41 is a major supplier of electricity to the Northeast Corridor’s overhead wire system.
“Our crews have been working around the clock to increase the level of service into New York and as a result we’re offering expanded service starting tomorrow morning,” said James Weinstein, NJ Transit’s Executive Director. “I cannot emphasize enough how important it is for our customers to continue utilizing our emergency bus and ferry services as we try to keep them on the move. I want to thank all of our customers for their continued patience and understanding during this difficult time.”
NJ Transit has implemented an emergency bus and ferry plan to help relieve congestion along the Northeast Corridor. This plan, which can be accessed at njtransit.com, includes a map of available, no-cost bus and ferry options from points within Central and Northern New Jersey. With full restoration of Northeast Corridor service not expected for several weeks and service to remain limited on the Northeast Corridor until that time, NJ Transit customers who normally utilize commuter rail service utilizing the Northeast Corridor for service are strongly encouraged to take advantage of these free bus and ferry services for travel into Weehawken, Hoboken, Jersey City and into Manhattan.
As part of the latest restoration phase involving the Morris & Essex Lines, NJ Transit staff continue to remove fallen trees, and are replacing signal wires, power systems and repairing rail damage incurred at critical locations, such as in Kearny Junction. Service along the Gladstone Branch and the Montclair-Boonton Lines will remain suspended due fallen trees, track damage and broken overhead wire poles.
To alleviate some of the congestion at the Port Authority Bus terminal and to give customers traveling to Midtown Manhattan additional travel options, NJ Transit has also teamed up with BillyBey Ferry which operates ferry service from Hoboken under the New York Waterway umbrella, to offer new, discounted, round trip service from Hoboken Terminal to Pier 79 on West 39th Street in Midtown Manhattan. Customers using this service can also access free NY Waterway shuttle buses, with stops offered along 57th Street, 49th Street, 42nd Street, and 34th Street, as well as through a special Downtown loop.
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