NJ Transit train stuck, fire in Lincoln Tunnel: How horrible was your commute?
It's been a double-whammy of delays for NJ Transit commuters on Monday morning with major delays for both bus and train riders.
A vehicle fire inside the Lincoln Tunnel on the Jersey-bound side led to 60 minute delays into the Port Authority terminal and a diversion of service to Secaucus Junction. As of 10:40 a.m. the delay had improved to 30 minutes.
Train riders also had delays that gradually grew to 60 minutes due to a disabled NJ Transit train inside the north tube. By 9 a.m., the state Department of Transportation was reporting the train had been removed but the hour-long delays continued.
New Jersey Transit bus tickets are being cross honored with PATH & New York Waterway (Port Imperial, Hoboken North/South) while rail tickets are being cross honored with PATH (Hoboken, Newark, NY 33rd) & NY Waterway South Ferry in Hoboken. New Jersey Transit rail tickets are being cross honored with PATH (Hoboken, Newark, NY 33rd) & NY Waterway South Ferry in Hoboken until 11 a.m.
New Jersey Traffic North's Bob Williams shook his head as watched the delays grow.
"These delays have become expected and unwelcome to commuters," said Williams. "It's hard not to empathize with those who have to put up with this on a daily basis."
Senate President Steve Sweeney (D) is scheduled to tour the Hudson River tunnel today according to NJ.com while Gov. Christie, and Senators Robert Menendez (D) & Cory Booker (D) will meet with U.S Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx about funding a new tunnel. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) over the weekend turned down an invitation to meet with Foxx. “If the federal government is serious that this is critical, which it is — this is the entire northeast Amtrak route — we need federal funds,” Cuomo said last week. “They need to put their money where their mouth is.”
Were you stuck in this mess? Tell us in the comments below how your morning commute was.