As construction deadline looms, NJ Transit causes more commuter delays
Northjersey.com’s Abbott Koloff talks about the construction work being done to the area known as “A interlocking,” a group of tracks going into New York’s Penn Station which will affect NJTransit and Amtrak commuters this summer.
As the weekend ends and the work week begins, frustrations started early Monday morning for NJ Transit commuters.
By 5:30 a.m., NJ Transit announced that seven trains would be combined, causing some commuters to wait close to an hour for their train to arrive. These familiar delays come on the heels of Amtrak and NJ Transit’s announcement that regular scheduling will resume on Sept. 5. The number of trains combined has grown as the morning has progressed. By 6:15 a.m., just under a dozen trains across multiple lines announced delays.
Commuters arrive at the 33rd St. Path in Manhattan from Hoboken during the height of Monday morning’s commute. Additional passengers will be rerouted through the Hoboken Path Station due to the beginning of repairs in New York Penn Station. The repairs will focus on tracks and switches in the western portion of the station known at the “A Interlocking.” The project is expected to last until September 1st and will shut down several tracks. (Photo: Amy Newman/NorthJersey.com)
Here is a list of trains affected for the Monday morning commute:
The North Jersey Coast Line 9:13 a.m. train from Long Branch will be combined with train No. 3236 and will leave Long Branch at 9:54 a.m., making all local stops.
The North Jersey Coast line 7:01 a.m. train from Penn Station will be combined with train No. 3223 and will leave Penn Station at 7:44 a.m., making an additional stop.
The Morris & Essex 6:19 a.m. train from Short Hills was cancelled at Newark Broad Street because of a mechanical problem. Commuters can take train No. 1070 at 6:42 a.m. or train No. 404 at 6:46 a.m.
The Morris & Essex 6:15 a.m. train from Hoboken will be combined with train No. 609 and will leave Hoboken at 6:46 a.m., making all local stops.
The Morris & Essex 6:16 a.m. train from Millburn will be combined with train No. 6696 and will leave Millburn at 6:19 a.m., making all local stops. The train is also running 30 minutes late due to mechanical problems.
The Montclair-Booton 9:05 a.m. train from Montclair State University will be comebined with train No. 1074 and will leave Montclair State University at 9:38 a.m., making all local stops.
The Montclair-Booton 5:53 a.m. train from Montclair State University will be combined with train No. 6202 and will leave Montclair State University at 6:45 a.m., making all local stops.
The Montclair-Booton 5:54 a.m. from Penn Station will be combined with train No. 6213 and will leave Penn Station at 6:50 a.m., making all local stops.
The Main-Bergen-Port Jervis 6:39 a.m. train from Suffern will be combined with train No. 1154 and will leave Suffern at 7:11 a.m., making all local stops.
The Morris & Essex 4:55 a.m. train from Hoboken will be combined with train No. 303 and will leave Hoboken at 5:59 a.m., making all local stops.
The Northeast Corridor 5:26 a.m. train from Jersey Avenue will be combined with train No. 3704 and will leave Jersey Avenue at 6 a.m., making all local stops.
The Northeast Corridor 5:51 a.m. train from Trenton will be combined with train No. 3918 and will leave Trenton at 6:23 a.m., making all local stops.
The Northeast Corridor train No. 3811 will be combined with train No. 3813 today and will depart Penn Station at 5:07 a.m., making all local stops.
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Commuters head down the stairs to the PATH as they make their way through Hoboken Terminal on the first morning of the “Summer of Hell” as track work begins at Penn Station (Tariq Zehawi/@tariqzehawi). (Photo: Tariq Zehawi/NorthJersey.com)
Since July 10, workers have been scrambling to complete the expedited repairs to the tracks below the aging Penn Station infrastructure, a plan that was announced in April by Amtrak. Commuters have been plagued with delays, trains being combined and trains being cancelled in the wake of these plans, causing a number of complaints.
Tracks have been shut down on weekdays in an attempt to complete the repairs of a project that was originally scheduled to take place over three years. The increase number in derailments and delays in the months leading up to Amtrak’s announcement were cited one of the reasons for the expediency.
With the repairs expected to be completed by the first week in September, all Morris & Essex lines would resume service to and from Penn Station, according a press release from NJ Transit late last week. Since the “summer of hell” began, all Morris & Essex lines have been diverted to Hoboken. The North Jersey Coast line will also resume sending trains into Hoboken.
The newly established New York Waterway ferry service between Hoboken and West 39th Street in New York will remain and be open to the public. Tickets, however, will no longer be cross-honored, beginning Sept. 1.
All other alternate travel options, discounted fares and cross-honoring will finish, peak-period express buses from Morristown, Madison, Summit, Maplewood, South Orange and Newark Broad Street to the Port Authority Bus Terminal will end and cross-honoring with private buses, the PATH and New York Waterway will conclude on Sept. 3.
Calls to NJ Transit were not immediately returned.
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