The Port Authority announced Tuesday the $270 million first phase of the project that includes expanded concourses and extra entryways on the western end of the station.
The project comes with a $14.5 billion price tag.
Amtrak spokesman Cliff Cole said the problem was located somewhere west of Newark, but further details weren’t immediately disclosed.
A NJ TRANSIT spokesman says a train carrying about 500 passengers became stuck in the tunnel heading into New York at about 5:40 a.m. when an overhead wire malfunctioned.
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“I’m all for it, anything that gets us quicker to work,” said Co-op city resident Mark Vargas.
The $7.4 billion mega project has been plagued with delays and far-off completion date, putting it on the back burner in the minds of many commuters.
Trains currently go 135 miles per hour on that section of the Northeast Corridor.
The state recently closed the Arthur Kill Correctional Facility on Staten Island, the seventh prison, camp or work release facility shuttered in 2011 as New York transferred about 2,600 inmates and 1,400 staff to its 60 remaining penal units in an effort to save millions of dollars and remove excess capacity.
Delays are expected for Wednesday’s evening commute on three NJ TRANSIT rail lines due to signal problems.
Due to the economy, a number of states have been sending back their federal funds for a high-speed rail, not wanting to match those funds with state money.
Transportation officials are advising against any unnecessary travel Sunday because of unsafe driving conditions.
Amtrak, which maintains the tunnel, was forced to divert its own trains and NJ TRANSIT’s more numerous ones to the only other tube, which caused the delays.
The agency’s second customer satisfaction survey shows rail passengers giving an overall grade of 4.2 out of 10. That’s down from 4.5 in April.
It was another challenging morning for some NJ TRANSIT riders, although perhaps some of the difficulty was mitigated by virtue of the Columbus Day holiday.