Another day of overcrowding and frustration on NJ Transit trains
NEW YORK — Wednesday was another morning of frustrations for New Jersey Transit riders, as a holiday schedule remained in effect, with repairs continuing at New York Penn Station to tracks and a switch machine damaged by Monday's derailment.
Overcrowding has also driven many people to get into New York on their own.
"It's a rare morning when most roads leading to the Hudson River crossings have a delay," New Jersey Fast Traffic's Bob Williams said, citing delays on Route 3 eastbound to the Lincoln Tunnel starting in Clifton.
The trains remained overcrowded, as eight tracks remained out of service because of the derailment. Twitter user @fadel_addi told New Jersey 101.5, regarding his early morning train out of Metuchen, "Let's say that I commuted sitting in a 75-year-old man's lap ... with a snoring overweight man's head on my shoulder ... for 45 minutes."
Travis Gibbs tweeted that when he boarded his Northeast Corridor train at Princeton Junction, it was already overflowing with commuters on only the second stop — with nine to go.
Commuter Samantha Varga, who rides into New York from Metropark, told New Jersey 101.5 her commute Monday afternoon wasn't bad.
"However, yesterday was a different story," she said. "They kept changing trains from express to local when they claimed to be on their weekend/holiday schedule. It was causing mass confusion and frustration. It's hard to make a plan when they're continually changing things and announcing them after you've boarded."
Eight tracks remain out of service because of the derailment, affecting not only NJ Transit, but also Long Island Railroad and Amtrak service. Newsday reported that the LIRR gave up three tracks to NJ Transit because of the derailment, and has canceled at least 10 trains in the morning and afternoon.
NJ Transit will operate the Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast Line holiday schedule through at least Thursday afternoon's commute.
Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com.
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