It’s been a rough week for NJ Transit passengers

This week alone, riders faced service changes due to Amtrak work at PSNY, disabled trains, overcrowding and more
From standing-room only rides to service changes, delays and issues to and from Penn Station, NJ Transit passengers are reaching their breaking points.
From standing-room only rides to service changes, delays and issues to and from Penn Station, NJ Transit passengers are reaching their breaking points. (File)

In addition to facing standing-room-only rides on their commutes and service changes due to Amtrak’s Penn Station renewal work starting up again this week, New Jersey Transit passengers on Thursday saw multiple delays due to an overhead wire problem at the busy New York rail hub.

 

Service on several trains to and from PSNY were delayed by at least 20 minutes during the early part of the morning rush hour. Though Amtrak resolved the issue and NJ Transit was operating on or close to its normal schedule about an hour later, riders did experience residual delays.

 

Additionally, passengers on the agency’s Atlantic City Rail Line faced delays of up to 45 minutes in both directions due to equipment issues, NJ Transit said, and its buses were cross-honoring ACRL tickets.

 

Thursday’s issues were the latest in what was already a long week for NJ Transit passengers.

On Monday, the service changes due to Amtrak’s repair work at PSNY went into effect — and will remain until the work, which will mostly be relegated to the weekends, is complete in May. Amtrak owns and maintains tracks used by both NJ Transit and the Long Island Rail Road at Penn Station. 

Riders on Monday morning were also subjected to hour-long delays after a train became disabled in the Hudson River tunnel.

On Wednesday, passengers took to social media to take NJ Transit to task for overcrowded trains, many of which were standing-room only, CBS2 reported.

When asked by the network for an explanation, the agency said it was running fewer trains and is “currently working through a backlog of weather-related equipment issues and is returning cars to service as quickly as possible.”

But it may not be quick enough as incoming Gov. Phil Murphy, who takes office Tuesday, is asking for several senior staffers at NJ Transit to step down, NJ.com reported.

Murphy, who vowed on the campaign trail to reform NJ Transit, called the agency a “national disgrace” last month.

 
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