NJ Transit gets off to a cold start with 45-minute delays
NEW BRUNSWICK -- The Monday morning commute got off to a slow and cold start for commuters on New Jersey Transit's Northeast Corridor.
A train with 45 people on board became disabled near the the Jersey Avenue station around 5 a.m., according to NJ Transit spokeswoman Nancy Snyder, who said that the heating system on board remained on during that time. Snyder said another train was immediately dispatched to pick up those passengers.
Several other Northeast Corridor trains, including the #3708, #3701, #3811 and #3815, were cancelled or delayed, according to NJ Transit on Twitter, leaving passengers waiting on the cold platforms for other trains.
Buses are experiencing some delays due to some remaining snowy roads and scattered mechanical problems, acccording to Snyder.
Meteorologist Dan Zarrow said temperatures ranged from 1 to 17 across the state in the early hours of Monday, though Snyder did not know if the disabled train's problem was related to the cold.
On Sunday night, the engine compartment of a northbound River Line light rail train caught fire near the Florence station. Snyder said 40 passengers and crew on board were safely evacuated with no injuries.
Service was suspended for about two hours between Florence and Bordentown on Sunday night, according to Snyder, who said the Florence Fire Department put out the fire.
Both incidents are under investigation by NJ Transit.
Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com.
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