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NJ Transit, Amtrak warns of more delays, cancellations after downed power lines strand thousands for hours

NJ Transit and Amtrak warned rush hour commuters of canceled or delayed journeys Thursday morning after thousands had been stranded as a consequence of fallen electrical wires on the rail tracks.

“Customers should expect possible delays and cancellations today due to residual impacts resulting from crew availability and equipment that was out of position as a result of last evening’s service disruption caused by Amtrak’s overhead wire issues,” NJ Transit stated on X.

The schedule disruption started simply after 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday when the power lines fell in Kearny, NJ, inflicting a whole shutdown of Northeast Corridor service, according to the New York Times.

Rush hour commuters had been pressured to bunker inside New York and Newark Penn Station as employees had been dispatched to clear the tracks.

Commuters sit on stairs at New York's Penn Station as they wait out delays caused by downed wires in between Newark and New York.
Commuters sit on stairs at New York’s Penn Station as they wait out delays brought on by downed wires in between Newark and New York on Wednesday. FOX 5

Crews restored power to 1 of the tracks at round 9:30 p.m., however minimal journey was nonetheless in place because the outage had prompted journey points to different stops alongside the Northeast Corridor.

“This incident has affected trains operating as far as Philadelphia, PA. Customers traveling through the affected areas should expect extensive residual delays due to speed restrictions and rail congestion,” Amtrak revealed.

Multiple trains scheduled to depart from or journey to New York had been canceled together with Philadelphia, Metropark, and Trenton.

“We were supposed to leave at 5:30, all the trains are backed up and now it’s just a wait and see,” one traveler inside New York’s Penn Station told Fox 5.

Multiple trains scheduled to depart from or travel to New York were canceled including Philadelphia, Metropark, and Trenton.
Multiple trains scheduled to depart from or journey to New York had been canceled together with Philadelphia, Metropark, and Trenton. FOX 5
Rush hour commuters were forced to bunker inside New York and Newark Penn Station as workers were dispatched to clear the tracks.
Rush hour commuters had been pressured to bunker inside New York and Newark Penn Station as employees had been dispatched to clear the tracks. Gabriel Blxssid through Storyful

Frustrated commuters had been seen sitting on stairwells and gathering round schedule boards ready for any hopeful information.

“There’s no communication, everyone is just wandering around, got no service here, my wife’s not picking up my calls, so it’s a brutal day,” one other commuter instructed the outlet.

One pissed off commuter blamed New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy for the delays, saying the anticipated 15% fare hikes neglected much-needed restoration of the rail lines.

“When you enhance the fares 15%, it’s essential to do your job, it’s essential to talk with Amtrak, Amtrak wants to speak with everybody trigger they preserve saying the trains are delayed.

“No if you have people waiting here for an hour, its suspended, that is absurd,” the traveler stated.

Crews restored power to one of the tracks at around 9:30 p.m., but minimal travel was still in place as the outage had caused travel issues to other stops along the Northeast Corridor.
Crews restored power to 1 of the tracks at round 9:30 p.m., however minimal journey was nonetheless in place because the outage had prompted journey points to different stops alongside the Northeast Corridor. FOX 5
One frustrated commuter blamed New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy for the delays, saying the anticipated 15% fare hikes overlooked much-needed restoration of the rail lines.
One pissed off commuter blamed New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy for the delays, saying the anticipated 15% fare hikes neglected much-needed restoration of the rail lines. FOX 5

NJ Transit has since resumed restricted service on the Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coastline departing from Penn Station.

The Raritan Valley line remained suspended a day after the night commute whereas the Midtown Direct was diverted to Hoboken.

NJ Transit rail tickets and passes are being cross-honored with NJ Transit and personal provider buses, and PATH at Newark Penn Station, Hoboken and thirty third Street-New York.

The intensive residual delays come because the New York space gears up for early journey for Memorial Day weekend and as President Donald Trump is about to carry a rally in Crotona Park on Thursday.

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