NEWARK — NJ Transit announced today that all of its rail lines will be running full or modified service starting Monday, Dec. 3 with the Gladstone Branch of the Morris & Essex Lines resuming operations between Gladstone and Hoboken, as well as between Gladstone and New York on a limited basis. Service along this rail line had been suspended due to the severe damage sustained during Hurricane Sandy.
Updated schedules will be posted on njtransit.com after 6 p.m. on Nov. 30.
“This is a major milestone reached in our state’s continuing, post-Sandy recovery. With the restoration of service on the Gladstone Branch, every one of our rail lines is now offering either limited or full service to our customers,” said Transportation Commissioner and NJ Transit Board Chairman James Simpson.
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 have repaired the line’s infrastructure, such as signals and switches.
“Rebuilding our rail infrastructure and restoring service on all of NJ Transit’s rail lines only further reflects upon the commitment, professionalism and the dedication of our employees,” said NJ Transit Executive Director James Weinstein. “While our work is not done and the damage to our railroad’s power generating infrastructure will still take some time to repair, we have come a long way in a short period of time — considering the extensive damage inflicted by this storm. I would again thank our customers for their patience and understanding during this challenging time.”
When service is restored to the Gladstone Branch, NJ Transit will resume its Midtown Direct service into New York and diesel trains into Summit and Hoboken. Gladstone Branch service will include two Midtown Direct trains during the morning and evening peak periods, with four additional trains serving Summit and/or Hoboken during each peak period. For information on the Gladstone special schedule, check with www.njtransit.com.
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