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Discussion related to New Jersey Transit rail and light rail operations.

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  by jamesinclair
 
#NJTransit Rail is cross honoring @PATHTrain tickets/passes at NPS, Hoboken and Penn Station New York due to PATH power problem. #njcommute
NJTransit saves the day!
Due to heavy rain causing flooding into NY Penn, the main entrance at 32nd & 7th is closed, as well as stairway only at the 31st & 7th (1/2)
NYPenn tracks 7&8 out of service from 7th Ave Concourse due to flooding. Customers must use the 8th Ave Concourse.

Doh.
  by jamesinclair
 
Cant blame Amtrak for tonights cluster.

May 19, 2017 05:31:14 PM
Train 3866, the 5:04pm from Trenton, is up to 30 min. late due to an earlier disabled train ahead.
May 19, 2017 05:22:16 PM
Train #3864, the 4:44pm from Trenton is CANCELLED, due to an operational issue. Customers may use train #3866, the 5:04pm from Trenton.
May 19, 2017 05:18:39 PM
Train service in/out of PSNY is subject to up to 30 minute delays due to congestion caused by the speed restriction in place due to ongoing Amtrak track work.
May 19, 2017 05:00:38 PM
NEC train #3857, the 4:21pm from Rahway is CANCELLED, due to mechanical problems. Customers may use train 3861, the 5:11pm from Rahway.
May 19, 2017 04:39:39 PM
Train #3898 the 5:31pm from Trenton is CANCELLED due an operational issue. Customers to train #3868 the 6:02p, from Trenton.
May 19, 2017 03:26:20 PM
UPDATE: NEC train #3849 the 2:51pm from Metropark is now up to 30 min. late due to earlier police assistance.
  by Backshophoss
 
EHH's CSX made hash of the Raitan Valley Line at Union NJ today,100 car freight derailed,multiple piles of derailed cars.
No service Newark Penn to Cranford,Shutttle busses in use,cross honor on NJT bus service.
Clean up will take awhile,weather forecast of snow won't help.
(From WCBS news stream)
  by freemenot
 
jamesinclair wrote:Highway is shut down, perfect day for the train

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Oh.
Yup I had a nice 85 minute delay. They said it was due to power outage in Newark area impacting signals. How is it the signal can be out but catinary is fine, you would think they pull from same grid. Also, wonder how they recover when signal is out, can they manually signal until power is back up? How about switches?
  by Backshophoss
 
That Nor'easter (aka Riley on weather channel)has made hash of the entire NEC,it's going to take time to clean up the mess.
  by F23A4
 
Nice. Our train (3961) just went from Express to super local...and apparently it was the brain trust at Amtrak dispatching who decided this AFTER we’d already departed Newark. Nothing like a crowded train making 8 extra stops with hardly anyone boarding or getting off.
  by twropr
 
On Oct. 29 there was a Montclair Line train that sat for two hours outside of Newark on a bridge - possibly the Passaic River.
https://www.nj.com/traffic/index.ssf/20 ... unloa.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Wonder if this was an MU or ALP-hauled train and what happened to it?
Andy
  by ryanov
 
Anyone know what equipment was the problem today? Did a train take down the wires, or was there another non-physical failure?
  by Gilbert B Norman
 
Looks like Gray Lady has joined the "tee off" against NJT:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/08/nyre ... tions.html

Fair Use:
New Jersey Transit, the country’s third-busiest commuter railroad and an essential link to New York City, is not running out of excuses for failing to run its trains. It’s recycling them.

Last week, the railroad canceled more than 60 trains, many of them during the morning or evening rush hours, leaving thousands of commuters scrambling to find other ways of getting to work or home.

In fact, canceled trains have now become a near daily occurrence and many frustrated riders wonder if they will ever be able to depend on the service.

In many cases, New Jersey Transit has blamed the failures on a persistent shortage of crews to operate the trains. In most others, the problem is what officials call “equipment availability,” which means the railroad did not have all the trains available it needed to carry riders.
I'm not sure if the article, which does not appear to "break new ground", was prompted by a particular incident, or if it was simply a chance for a "Cub Reporter" to have a byline:
  by Gilbert B Norman
 
It appears that NJT's North Jersey Coast train 2606 is the centerpiece of this New York Times front page "teeoff" on NJT reliability:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/27/nyre ... elays.html

Fair Use:
MIDDLETOWN, N.J. — It was only 7 a.m., but for the commuters stewing inside a Spartan train station in this bedroom community, the day was already off to a predictably bad start.

Their train, North Jersey Coast Line 2606, which is supposed to depart at 7:06 a.m., had been canceled. Again.

This time — the 18th cancellation of the year — the official explanation was “equipment availability resulting from a mechanical issue.” But these aggrieved riders in Middletown did not seem to care. They had heard all the excuses the railroad had to offer. All that really mattered was that they were not getting to work on time. Again.

This is the plight of the hundreds of people who depend on what just may be the worst commuter train in America. The railroad they ride, New Jersey Transit, has been plagued for the last two years by a rash of cancellations.
  by Gilbert B Norman
 
Time for another Gray Lady "tee off"; this time the reliability of the Jersey Arrows:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/12/nyre ... -cars.html

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...What happens when a railroad runs trains older than many of its riders?

On New Jersey Transit, the nation’s third-busiest commuter rail, riders are regularly learning the unhappy answers.

Aging trains, not surprisingly, tend to break down. When they do that means cancellations, but even when trains run they have fewer cars.

That leaves riders, many of whom pay hundreds of dollars for monthly passes, squeezed into every available space, including the gangway between cars, which is considered unsafe.

Gov. Philip D. Murphy and New Jersey Transit officials have repeatedly cited a shortage of engineers to drive trains and a federal mandate to install an automatic-braking system as the prime causes of the railroad’s dismal performance..
No further comment from this author, who simply has no occasion to use NJT. "We report, you decide".
  by JoeG
 
The article does make me wonder why the new MUs won't arrive till 2023. Does it just take 3 years to build new cars these days or is some NJT bureaucratic obstacle making it take so long? If these old Arrows are really failing every 40,000 miles you would think it would pay to figure out how to get the new ones faster.
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