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NJ Transit, Amtrak Northeast Corridor Service Restored After Fire

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) –It was a complicated morning for many commuters trying to make their way from New Jersey to the Big Apple.

NJ Transit restored service between New York City and Trenton following a transformer fire early Tuesday in New Brunswick. While trains are rolling again, residual delays delays rippled across the system.

Midtown Direct and North Jersey Coast Line service into and out of Manhattan were restored.

Buses and PATH are cross honoring NJ Transit rail tickets.

WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane At New York Penn Station

Amtrak says service between New York and Philadelphia has been restored following the blaze.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

1010 WINS’ John Montone: Customers Left Wondering About Delays

More: Traffic & Transit Guide

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  • railien7

    Not investing in infrastrucue that keeps breaking down, is not a good idea. This is what happened to the NYC subway system in the 1960, and70s. Fortunately, the governmnet wised-up and poured money to restore the system to a state of good repair.

    Transportation is the lifeblood of our economy. Without transportation to our major economic centers, we’re no better than 3rd world countries that run around with a horse and buggy.

    Amtrak by and large does a great job with what little resources it has.

    Privatizing Amtrak and the NE Corridor is not the answer because private firms need to make a profit over expenses and pay therir share holders. A great example of privatization gone bad is what happened in Britiain , which resulted in a deteriorization of the infrastructure. In order to run trains, you have to invest in the rails. If you’re looking for information about the crux of the privatization discussion, go to the following link of the #1 rail idustry publication in North America, Railway Age Magazine:

    When automobiles are stuck on a highway with no where to go no one screams. When it happens on Amtrak, the anti-rail lobby screams.

  • Jean

    I was on the Amtrak train headed to Washington for a 10:00 meeting. Amtrak posted no delay sign on the board and boarded passengers on time. There was not one announcement from the train crew and passengers only learned about the fire by calling Amtrak’s 800 #. This was totatlly inexcusable and eventually I left the train as no one would give me a time of departure. Now Amtraik is telling me that I will not be getting a fund refund. Anyone for Mega Bus?

  • C Thomas

    Personally, I think the system works quite well given the number of people they move everyday. It is a ballet. and the smallest issue can cause problems, but I for one find the mode of tansportation quite reliable.

  • Morna

    I realize they can’t help a fire but it’s a different story every day. 25% hikes and it’s delays almost every day, morning or night. Friday it was switch problems because of the weather. It just makes it a much more stressful commute every day.

    • railien7

      Blame Congress and the anti-rail lobby for these problems by not providing enough $$$ to fix these problems.

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