An Amtrak work train was moved out of the Hudson River rail tunnels that broke down earlier Wednesday morning, disrupting the morning commute to New York and causing 60-minute delays on NJ Transit trains.
“The track car has been removed from the south tube. Normal train operations have resumed. Expect residual delays to continue,” said Jason Abrams, an Amtrak spokesperson.
NJ Transit reported the train service delays to and from New York shortly before 8 a.m., on Twitter and alerts. The problem caused NJ Transit to send MidTown Direct trains to the Hoboken terminal and have tickets and passes accepted by PATH, NJ Transit buses and commuter buses from private carriers.
Amtrak officials said track maintenance equipment) had failed in one of the North River tunnels.
Even this plan ran into trouble when PATH trains between Hoboken and the World Trade Center were delayed due to a mechanical problem. PATH trains have resumed running on schedule.
The two 111-year-old railway tunnels are used by around 400 trains per day.
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