NEWARK – Repairs to the Gladstone Branch of the Morris & Essex Lines will be complete by Friday, Nov. 30, according to NJ Transit. After test trains begin operations on Friday, NJ Transit will provide an update regarding the expected resumption of service.
“While every NJ Transit rail line sustained damage as a result of Sandy’s wrath, the Gladstone line was particularly hard-hit, with the heavy damage and unique challenges making repairs more timely and more difficult,” said Executive Director James Weinstein. “I would again thank our customers for their patience and understanding during this difficult time.”
The test trains are needed to ensure all of the systems are operating as intended and to remove the rust build-up along the lines. Rust can interfere with the signal system and ultimately cause delays.
As a result of the impact of Hurricane Sandy, five catenary – overhead wire – poles snapped during the storm. The poles, which exceed 90 feet in length, are custom-made. These poles were installed late last week, and more than five miles of overhead wiring was installed along the length of the Gladstone Branch this week.
Additionally, crews removed the 49 trees that were on the tracks, and are in the process of finalizing repairs to the line’s infrastructure, such as signals and switches.
When service is restored to the Gladstone Line, NJ Transit plans to resume utilizing electric trains for Midtown Direct service into New York and diesel trains into Hoboken. However, all Gladstone service will operate on a special schedule, check with www.njtransit.com.
Hoboken’s Mason Supply power substation sustained significant damage from the storm; as a result, only diesel-powered trains that can navigate into the Terminal. This will require operation on a limited, special schedule as diesel trains do not have the acceleration capabilities of NJ Transit’s electric fleet.
In the meantime, free shuttle bus service (“Routes A, B and C”) will continue operate to meet Midtown Direct trains and selected Hoboken-bound trains departing Summit on weekdays from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. and returning to Summit for trains departing New York/Hoboken from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The “Route A” shuttle bus to/from Summit Station will board customers from the following locations:
- Gladstone – in the parking lot at the station
- Peapack – on Main Street at Holland Avenue
- Far Hills – at the station building in the parking lot
- Millington – on Division Avenue at River Road
- Gillette – on Mountain Avenue at the station parking lot entrance
- Murray Hill – on Floral Avenue at the station parking lot exit
The “Route B” shuttle bus to/from Summit Station will board customers from the following locations:
- Bernardsville – in the parking lot at the station
- Basking Ridge – on North Finely Avenue at Ridge Street
- Lyons – on South Finely Avenue at Cross Road
- Berkeley Heights – at the station building on Sherman Avenue
- New Providence – on Springfield Avenue at Old Springfield
The “Route C” shuttle bus to/from Summit Station will board customers from the following locations:
- Millington – On Division Avenue at River Road
- Gillette – On Mountain Avenue at Station exit
- Murray Hill – On Floral Avenue at Station exit
- Summit – On Railroad Avenue, eastside of Station
Standard parking rules and fees are in effect at all rail station parking lots.
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