The Federal Railroad Administration is considering several options to improve rail service in the heavily-traveled Northeast Corridor.
There is still no Amtrak service in or out of New York City, but the railroad is getting closer to changing that.
Amtrak spokesman Cliff Cole said the problem was located somewhere west of Newark, but further details weren’t immediately disclosed.
On the Northeast Corridor line, which accounts for 80 percent of the agency’s ridership, trains are often delayed or stuck in the tunnel into New York City.
New Jersey TRANSIT had a bad week last week, with extensive delays taking place on both Monday and Tuesday. And that bad week is a representation of the funk that the public transportation company has been in for some time now.
Trains currently go 135 miles per hour on that section of the Northeast Corridor.
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.
Trains are back on track on NJ TRANSIT’s Northeast Corridor after an overhead power line fell onto a train line in Metuchen Tuesday morning.
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.
Two trains lost power in a Hudson River tunnel, with two other trains held up behind them. Amtrak deployed diesel engines to remove the stalled trains from the tunnel.
The commuting woes that made life difficult for people struggling to get to work have improved for many in our area following Tropical Storm Irene, but significant challenges remain for many.
The DOT has announcedthat $745 million would be going toward rail projects that will allow trains to travel up to 160 mph in some sections of the Northeast Corridor and to construction that will allow Amtrak trains to avoid a congested rail junction in part of New York City.
The snarled Wednesday morning commute came as NJ Transit crews worked overnight to clear two derailed cars of a train outside Penn Station.