For the second night in a row, NJ Transit commuters faced nightmarish commuting due to another mechanical problem that resulted in delays of more than an hour in Penn Station.
This time, the culprit was the infamous Portal Bridge. a swing bridge from Amtrak that crosses the Hackensack River and connects Kearny and Secaucus. The curse of commuter existence could not be locked on Tuesday afternoon for over an hour.
The bridge was opened for maritime transport at 15:24. but was not completely closed until 16:52 clock, said Amtrak spokesman Jason Abrams.
̵1; NJ Commute Gal (@CtNYCommOnOlNOrNOnOnOnOnOnOnOnOnOnOnOnOnOnOnOnOlNOnOnOnOnOnOnOnOlNOnOlNOnOnOnOnOnOnOnOnOnOnOnOnOnO 19659010] Even after locking the NJ Transit and Amtrak trains crossing the bridge were delayed by 90 minutes at 7:00 pm
NJ Transit spokesman Nathan Rudy said that system-wide cross-honoring with NJ is in effect transit buses and privately owned buses. PATH also accepted NJ Transit train tickets and passes in Newark, Hoboken and 33rd Street in Manhattan.
The Portal Bridge could not actually close on Tuesday and was held from 9:50 am to 10:19 am, " which resulted in delays on three Amtrak trains and several commuter trains, "said Abrams.
The state put $ 600 million on the table to make its $ 1.5 billion share finance replacement for the aging bridge in June. The construction of a new double track bridge 50 meters above the river was completed in 2024.
It is part of the Gateway project which requires two new Hudson River railroad tunnels (rehabilitation) from the flood-damaged tunnels of 1910 and the completion of a tunnel box under the development of Hudson Yards in Manhattan to carry tracks to Penn Station.
Commuters reappeared in social media to complain about the delays one night after 1500 people stranded in a transit train from NJ lost energy and was disabled for over an hour.
@NJTRANSIT Hardly a train stops in East Orange, and now I've missed it because the trains are dangerously packed over We deserve a refund for this mess. #trains #njt #newjerseytransit #fixthismess pic.twitter.com/3rl9TuTNTI
– Jamie (@ JamieMac8) October 30, 2018
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