NJ Transit to operate holiday schedule for Tuesday commute
NEWARK — Monday's NJ Transit derailment will present challenges to commuters on Tuesday morning.
Track constraints at New York Penn Station mean the Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast Line will operate on a holiday schedule Tuesday with some additional service added.
"The holiday schedule is less than regular weekday so customers should expect delays, build extra time into their commute as well as crowding conditions," NJ Transit spokeswoman Nancy Snyder said.
"Commuters will most likely experience overcrowding and standing room only on many trains similar to the situation just a few weeks ago," New Jersey Fast Traffic's Bob Williams said.
Williams said that a weekend schedule also means there is no service at Jersey Avenue or Avanel on Tuesday.
The Raritan Valley Line will operate a regular weekday schedule on Tuesday and will originate and terminate at Newark Penn Station. The Main/Bergen, Pascack Valley, Port Jervis Lines as well as the Atlantic City line will all operate on regular weekday schedules on Tuesday.
"We're doing everything we can to move as many people as we can," Snyder said.
An inbound Northeast Corridor train from Trenton had a "slow speed derailment" around 9 a.m. Monday at New York Penn Station, according to NJ Transit, affecting cars 5, 6 and 7 in the middle of the train carrying 1,200 passengers and crews.
NJ Transit bus and private bus carriers will increase bus service as much as possible on routes along the affected rail lines. Academy will add to their PNC Park-and-Ride service to accommodate North Jersey Coast Line customers while Suburban Transit will offer additional service to accommodate Northeast Corridor customers.
Cross honoring will continue between NJ Transit rail, light rail, buses, private carrier bus, NY Waterway and PATH at Newark, Hoboken and 33rd Street.
Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com.
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