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NJ Transit riders get good news at Hoboken Terminal

Green walls on the Hoboken Terminal concourse
Green walls on the Hoboken Terminal concourse (NJ Transit)

HOBOKEN — Good news for New Jersey Transit riders to start the week at the Hoboken Terminal.

Wooden green walls that have been in place on the concourse since September’s incident in which an NJ Transit train barreled into the terminal have been removed, and the closed Track 6 is back in use.

New Jersey Transit Commuter Train Crashes At Hoboken Terminal
The roof collapse after a NJ Transit train crashed in to the platform at the Hoboken Terminal (Pancho Bernasconi/Getty Images)

“This allows for increased customer flow through the concourse without the need for customers on Tracks 7 and higher to travel through the waiting room to access PATH. It also reconnects customer access between Tracks 1-4 and Tracks 7 and higher,” the agency said in a statement.

NJ Transit riders will likely also get some bad news, in the form of more specifics on the effects of track closures during Amtrak’s rehab project at New York Penn Station. Amtrak CEO Wick Moorman told a New York State legislative committee last week he expects 25 percent of scheduled NJ Transit, LIRR and Amtrak trains to be unavailable for “two multi-week outage periods” this summer.

Amtrak to release Penn Station schedule next week

A preliminary report from Amtrak said a total of 44 days could be affected, first from July 7 to 25 and then from Aug. 4 to 28. Moorman said there will be at least one more prolonged period of work in 2018.

LIRR commuters held a protest at the Rockville Centre station to protest recent delays that have affected them along with NJ Transit riders.

“Penn Station is a disaster, and riders are sick and tired of the constant, unprecedented delays, cancellations, and being herded like cattle through Penn Station,” New York state Sen. Todd Kaminsky said at Saturday morning’s event.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com.

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