NJ Transit train service to New York suspended again in brutal week for commuters

An already bad week for NJ Transit rail riders got even worse Friday morning when service to and from New York Penn Staton was again suspended due to overhead wire problems.

Midtown Direct trains are being diverted to Hoboken. Train tickets can be used on NJ Transit buses and through a private bus company. PATH will also offer tickets at Newark Penn Station, Hoboken and 33rd Street in New York.

NJ Transit announced the suspension just before 7:40 a.m. on what is expected to be another very hot day in the state during a weeklong heat wave.

The suspension comes just hours after service was restored Thursday evening following a disastrous afternoon and evening for commuters after a multi-acre wildfire broke out in Secaucus, not far from the New Jersey Turnpike and NJ Transit’s Northeast Corridor line.

The service was shut down for more than two hours on Thursday.

There were two service disruptions on Tuesday. NJ Transit blamed Amtrak, which owns and operates tracks along the busy Northeast Corridor between Trenton and New York, for the latest problems on Friday.

Amtrak blamed a disabled train in New York for the service disruption in a post on X, formerly Twitter, at 8:24 a.m. Amtrak service between Philadelphia and New York is not expected to be restored until noon and there are delays of at least 60 minutes. expected, Amtrak said.

Earlier this week, Amtrak warned that high temperatures could cause trains to run at slower speeds and delays of 60 minutes.

That matched what an expert NJ Advance Media interviewed about the effects of extreme weather said. The region is in the middle of an extreme heat wave with super hot temperatures.

“What excessive heat does is permeate every part of the rail system,” said Bryan Sooter, standards director for the American Public Transit Association. “You are dealing with an abnormal weather event that takes over every part of the operation, not only on a mechanical and technical level, but also on a human level.”

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NJ Advance Media staff writer Larry Higgs contributed to this report.

Jeff Goldman can be reached at jeff_goldman@njadvancemedia.com

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