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Amtrak power outage disrupts rail service between New Jersey and Philadelphia
Amtrak power outage disrupts rail service between New Jersey and Philadelphia

Friday, 21 June 2024

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A power outage at Amtrak paralyzes train service between New Jersey and Philadelphia, disrupting thousands of commuters during rush hour.

Rail service between New Haven and Philadelphia and New Jersey Transit commuter lines were suspended as workers repaired an overhead wire problem, causing significant rush hour delays. This is the second such incident this week.

Amtrak officials say the problem is due to a faulty circuit breaker that caused power outages on the tracks between New York Penn Station and Newark Union Station, affecting all train service between Philadelphia 30th Street Station and New Haven Union Station. Those services are suspended indefinitely.

This suspension follows hot on the heels of a recent incident in which overhead line problems caused delays of up to 90 minutes and another incident resulted in a train being unable to run, further complicating morning travel.

The relationship between NJ Transit and Amtrak is strained because NJ Transit relies on tracks owned and maintained by Amtrak.

The busy rail line along the US East Coast is experiencing a bottleneck at the Hudson River, which separates New York and New Jersey. Both NJ Transit and Amtrak trains use a single old tunnel to enter and exit Manhattan, making any disruption in this area particularly problematic.

To solve these problems, a $16 billion rail tunnel project, known as the Gateway Project, is intended to create a new connection between the two states. This project recently moved forward with a $6.88 billion federal funding agreement, suggesting possible future relief for these recurring delays.

By Seren