Contact Us
Make My Homepage

NJT Head Says More Government Funding Needed

New Jersey Transit
Flickr User Michael McDonough

Today was the second day in a row for lengthy delays on the heavily traveled Northeast Corridor line that New Jersey Transit trains run on as a fatality on the tracks in Hamilton shuts down the Northeast Corridor between New York and Philadelphia.

Amtrak says passengers on the Northeast Corridor can expect continued delays of up to 30 minutes between New York and Philadelphia due to a fatal accident on the tracks in Hamilton.

Officials say the accident occurred shortly before 1 p.m. Wednesday. It involved a trespasser who was struck by an Acela Express train just west of the Hamilton Township station.

None of the 170 passengers and crew aboard the train were hurt. It had departed from Boston and was headed to Washington.

All service between New York and Philadelphia had been suspended after the accident occurred. But Amtrak says two of the four available tracks are now open, though all train traffic there is moving at restricted speeds.

The line, which is owned and run by Amtrak, has been plagued with problems over the last few months.

NJT Executive Director James Weinstein admitted there have been some real challenges on the Northeast Corridor.  However, he said more funding is needed by the federal government to fix these problems.

Weinstein said, “The bottom line is that Amtrak has been underfunded by Congress almost since the day it was created.”

NJT pays $100 million a year for capital improvements and other measures.

“Until the kinds of investments that are needed on the Northeast Corridor are made, we’re going to continue to have problems,” said Weinstein.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Best of the Web


Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://nj1015.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on New Jersey 101.5 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on New Jersey 101.5 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!