Thursday, June 23, 2011

NEC Commute Screwed Again Due To Power Problems

For the second time today - both occurring during the height of rush hour - all traffic in and out of Penn Station in New York is cancelled due to power problems.

Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast Line and Midtown Direct service is temporarily suspended due to an Amtrak power supply problem. NJ TRANSIT passes and tickets will be accepted on NJ TRANSIT Bus and Private Carrier Buses. PATH is cross honoring rail tickets/passes at Newark, Hoboken and NYPS.

These delays are separate from weather related issues today affecting other parts of the NYC metro area.

This is an intolerable situation, and for those who think that NJ Transit and Amtrak should spend billions on building a new tunnel across the Hudson River, they ought to get their priorities straight. First and foremost is a dire need to replace and upgrade the electrical systems along the NEC, which cause regular problems and delays that affect the busiest rail corridor in the nation.

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