Amtrak Electrical Substation Expected Back Online Friday, Enabling Increased Rail Service To NYC

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Repairs to a key Amtrak-owned electrical substation in Kearny are expected to be complete Friday, Nov.16, Amtrak and NJ Transit announced Tuesday. This will enable both transit companies to increase rail service into New York City.

“The expedited repairs to the substation are a direct result of the cooperation and communication between Amtrak and NJ Transit, and will allow our infrastructure to support a near regular service level,” said Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman.

Amtrak and NJ Transit personnel have conducted thorough round-the-clock inspections and testing of the substation and determined the flood damage from Hurricane Sandy was not as severe as first feared. Crews are continuing with the necessary repairs and intend to have the facility back online by week’s end providing increased electrical power and a more reliable signal and switching system between New York City and Newark.

“This is an example of strong cooperation between the two agencies, all with an eye toward improving the commute for tens of thousands of customers following the devastating impact Hurricane Sandy has had on many of their lives,” said James Weinstein, executive director of NJ Transit. “The repair of this important substation will allow us to operate nearly 90 percent of our rail network into New York.”

Amtrak has continued to keep NJ Transit apprised of their ongoing power restoration efforts along the Northeast Corridor, allowing NJ Transit to resume service on a number of rail lines including the Northeast Corridor service from Trenton to New York and Midtown Direct service from Morristown and Montclair.

“These repairs to the Kearny substation are an important landmark in our effort to restore full service to New Jersey’s rail commuters,” said U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), chair of the Commerce Surface Transportation Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over passenger rail. “While Amtrak’s work to repair the station will expand service for thousands of commuters, there is still work to be done. Superstorm Sandy’s devastating impact on our transportation system reminds us of the need to strengthen and expand our rail service so that we can prevent disruptions like this from happening again. Rail service is critical to our way of life, and we won’t stop working until full service is restored for all passengers.”

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