Normal morning commute expected by NJT

August 9, 2011 8:17:25 PM PDT
Two cars of a New Jersey Transit train derailed Tuesday morning and they remain stuck in the tunnel.

In order to get the train cars out of the tunnel, the overhead power lines need to be shut down.

That won't happen until 12:45 a.m.

At that point, all NJ Transit train service in and out of Penn Station will be suspended until 3 a.m.

This will affect six trains; they will operate to and from Newark Penn Station instead.

Customers who need to get to the city from there will need to take a PATH train.

A determination on service for the morning rush won't be made until the train cars are cleared and the track is inspected, but New Jersey Transit anticipates a normal morning rush hour.

The only difference may be with the equipment they're running.

Some trains may have fewer cars and some may be single deckers instead of double.

Some of their equipment is not where it usually is stored because of Tuesday's service issues.

The trains below will not operate from New York Penn Station tonight, instead beginning their trips from Newark Penn Station. Customers traveling from New York should connect to PATH trains and transfer at Newark (trains will be held for PATH connections):
- North Jersey Coast Line train 3205, which normally departs New York at 1:00 a.m.
- Northeast Corridor train 3805, which normally departs New York at 1:22 a.m. Note: Customers who normally connect to train 1101 in Secaucus should take PATH to Hoboken and connect to train 1101 there.

The trains below will end their trips at Newark Penn Station tonight, instead of New York Penn Station. Customers traveling to New York should connect to PATH trains at Newark:
- North Jersey Coast Line train 3292, the 11:32 p.m. Long Branch departure
- Northeast Corridor train 3892, the 11:48 p.m. Trenton departure
- North Jersey Coast Line train 3200, the 12:22 a.m. Long Branch departure
- Northeast Corridor train 3800, the 12:59 a.m. Trenton departure.

NJ TRANSIT rail tickets and passes will continue to be honored on NJ TRANSIT buses, private carrier buses and PATH trains at Newark, Hoboken and New York for the remainder of the day.

As of 8 p.m., service is operating as follows:
- Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast Line trains are subject to 30-45 minute delays in both directions.
- Midtown Direct trains will operate to and from Hoboken Terminal for the remainder of the service day. Customers can connect to PATH in Hoboken at no additional charge.


LIRR expects a normal AM Rush on Wednesday. There may be some track changes.

Amtrak warned of delays between Boston and Washington.

The problems began at 8:00 Tuesday morning. New Jersey Transit spokeswoman Courtney Carroll says no one was injured when the last two cars of a 10-car commuter train jumped the tracks.

Carroll says Train 3823 was heading toward Trenton when the derailment occurred. The 300 passengers aboard the derailed train were transferred to another train by 9:18 a.m.

The derailment left only one tunnel available for both inbound and outbound trains.

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