NJ Transit said it is operating “limited” rail service with significant delays to and from Penn Station, New York, due to ongoing signal issues with the portal bridge signal.
PATH offers rail tickets at New Jersey Transit’s Penn Station, Hoboken, and New York 33rd Avenue stations, as well as interoperability between New Jersey Transit and private buses, according to the agency.
Midtown Direct Services has been converted to Hoboken.
It’s unclear how the delay will affect the afternoon rush hour, according to NJ Transit, as there is no estimate for full service to be restored.
The limited rail service came after continuing bridge problems forced New Jersey Transit trains to be suspended for several hours on Thursday.
The New Jersey Department of Transportation and Amtrak are replacing a century-old double-track portal bridge built in 1910 over the Hackensack River with a taller bridge that doesn’t need to be opened or closed for river traffic. According to the NJ Transit website.
“Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the bridge crossed the Hackensack River, a critical link in a busy area between Newark, New Jersey, and Penn Station, New York, with more than 450 Amtrak trains daily. It carried 200,000 passengers a day with New Jersey Transit trains,” the New Jersey Department of Transportation said in a statement.
However, the New Jersey Department of Transportation notes that the bridge has long been a “significant bottleneck and source of delays when aging bridges fail, especially when opening and closing marine traffic.”
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