As crews continue to repair tracks following Monday’s derailment of a New Jersey Transit train, commuters can expect another day of changes and cancellations to Penn Station schedules on Wednesday.
Amtrak, which owns the tracks, will again be on scene to fix the damaged track and switch, but for the third day in a row, commuters face changes, delays and cancellations on NJ Transit, Amtrak and Long Island Rail Road during Wednesday’s morning rush.
Here’s the latest info:
Service is still running on a holiday schedule for the morning and afternoon peak times on Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast Lines into Penn Station.
Additionally, ferry service from Hoboken Terminal slip 5 to 39th Street in Midtown will be cross-honored and run every half-hour between 6:30-9:30 a.m. and 3:30-7 p.m.
These changes are expected to continue through “the close of the service day on Thursday,” the agency said on its website.
Due to limited track availability because of the Amtrak work, 10 Penn Station-bound trains are canceled between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. The affected branches are: Babylon, City Terminal Zone, Hempstead, Long Beach, Port Jefferson, Port Washington, Ronkonkoma and West Hempstead. Click above to see more information on exact times.
Three lines will terminate at Jamaica, while one will be diverted to Hunterspoint Avenue.
While other LIRR lines could see delays and crowding because of these changes, those lines are running on “near normal schedules” to Atlantic Terminal and Hunterspoint Avenue, the MTA said.
LIRR tickets will again be cross-honored by NYC Transit on E, 2/3 and 7 subways for trains terminating at Jamaica, Atlantic Terminal and Hunterspoint Avenue.
Commuters on the West-of-Hudson lines are urged to travel to NYC via Hoboken and PATH trains instead of transferring in Secaucus as service from that station is reduced.
Because of that, Hoboken-bound customers should plan for extra travel time due to delays because of congestion.
Amtrak’s modified schedule for the Northeast Corridor will continue through Thursday, with delays up to 50 minutes during rush hour and up to 25 minutes during non-rush hours expected on departures and arrivals at Penn Station.
Long-distance trains running to and from the Northeast Corridor will operate on their normal schedules.
Northeast Regional has reduced service between New York and Washington, D.C., and extra stops in Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey will be provided.
Empire Service and Keystone Service are also running on reduced schedules.
For the most current updates, commuters are encouraged to check the websites and Twitter of their transit companies.
The commuting headaches began during Monday morning’s rush hour, when a NJ Transit train derailed as it entered Penn Station. Five people suffered minor injuries from the incident, which is believed to have been caused by a faulty wheel.
It was the second train derailment at Penn Station in two weeks, when an Amtrak train sideswiped a NJ Transit train on March 24.