NJ Transit service in Hoboken back to normal starting Monday
Full service from NJ Transit will be restored to Hoboken Terminal on Monday following service disruptions from the Sept. 29 fatal crash.
Starting Monday, riders will be able to access Tracks 1 through 4 using the external walkway near the PATH and Tracks 7 and 8 via the main terminal. Travel paths through the terminal have been reconfigured.
The ticket office in the terminal opened Saturday.
The only tracks remaining closed are Tracks 5 and 6 for ongoing repairs. This could cause some congestion in the terminal, officials warn.
“We are pleased to be able to expedite additional service into Hoboken for our customers,” NJ Transit Executive Director Steven Santoro said.
Trains entering Hoboken Terminal will decrease their approach speed from 10 mph to 5 mph as part of a new rule implemented after the crash.
A new rule implemented after the crash orders a conductor to ride in the cab car with the engineer as the train approaches the end of the line in Hoboken.
A federal investigation into the crash found that the train began speeding, going more than twice the 10 mph speed limit, before it entered the terminal.
Santoro said there still may be some delays as repair work continues within the 109-year-old terminal.
Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto on Friday introduced a bill that would allow an investigation into NJ Transit's finances and safety.
New Jersey's congressional delegation sent a letter Friday to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx asking the government to fulfill the transit agency's $10 million request to help it install the GPS-based positive train control system. The transit agency said in a filing in June that it hasn't made any additional progress on installing the system while approaching a December 2018 deadline.
Foxx said at a news conference in New York that he wasn't ready to commit to the $10 million, but that the government believes very strongly in positive train control.
State Senate President Steve Sweeney and state Senate Oversight Committee Chairman Bob Gordon cast the Hoboken train crash as a catalyst to dive deeper into NJ Transit's woes. In particular, they say they're concerned about underfunding of the agency's capital budget and the delay in implementing automatic train control technology.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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