Northeast Corridor service restored after fire

June 21, 2011 4:12:45 AM PDT
There's some good news for those who take Amtrak or NJ Transit trains along the Northeast Corridor.

Amtrak now says rail service is being restored the busy Northeast Corridor between New York City and Philadelphia after a transformer fire in New Jersey.

Amtrak says the fire, which took place early Tuesday in New Brunswick, threatened to shut down the system through the morning commute. Luckily, Northeast Corridor service between Trenton and New York resumed at 6:45 a.m., subject to 10 to 15 minute delays.

Northeast Corridor service out of Jersey Avenue Station remains suspended at this time.

The fire resulted in a loss of overhead power on most Corridor. As a result, it was necessary for NJ Transit to suspend Northeast Corridor rail service prior to the start of morning service. Limited diesel train service operated on the North Jersey Coast Line between Bay Head and Hoboken Terminal, and Midtown Direct trains were routed to and from Hoboken, where customers could connect to PATH trains at no additional charge.

At approximately 5 a.m., Amtrak restored power on a portion of the Northeast Corridor between Rahway and New York. At that time, North Jersey Coast Line and Midtown Direct service to and from New York was fully restored. Because the power problem continued south of Rahway, Northeast Corridor service between Trenton and New York remained suspended until 6:45 a.m., at which time power was restored with some restrictions.

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