Double dose of train troubles cause headaches for Penn Station commuters

16 July, 2017, 06:52 | Author: Leticia Walters
  • Amtrak Switch Problems Delay NJ Transit Trains in and out of New York Penn Station

Amtrak crews also got a break from any problems from other track and station infrastructure, that resulted in trains having a 90 percent on-time record this week, Naperstek said.

Massive schedule changes are in effect at Penn Station this summer so Amtrak can fix the station's tracks and switches.

The trouble began when a train from Miami carrying 165 people stalled as it entered Penn Station about 11:50 a.m.

Amtrak officials said the trains stopped because there were electrical issues with power in the overhead wires. "The train became disabled just west of the station". "I'd like to start by thanking the passengers of Amtrak, Long Island Rail Road, and New Jersey Transit", Amtrak Chief Operating Officer Scot Naparstek said.

"We always have two on standby", the spokesman said of the rescue trains.

There were 170 people on the Amtrak train, which was travelling from Miami to NY.

The disabled train sparked delays of up to 30 minutes for commuters for New Jersey Transit as Amtrak travel between NY and New Jersey was briefly suspended.

Later Saturday around 4:35 p.m., a New Jersey Transit train became disabled at the same location as the earlier incidents because of overhead power issues.

"It's been a very good week", Naparstek said during a conference call with reporters.

MTA chairman Joseph Lhota said Friday transit officials have "been able to keep things moving across the system" after the first week of Amtrak's summer-long project to fix and replace tracks and signals.

Lhota said transit officials and commuters "are getting through this together".

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