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Wednesday morning NE Corridor snarl at Penn Station

Just about the same thing happened yesterday morning, except with numerous head end power failures tossed into the mix. Those were, if I understand the situation correctly, New Jersey Transit locomotives. Today, there is a bridge failure. All of this points to the almost desperate decline of American infrastructure. We are trying to operate a world class economy on second-world utilities and transportation.

You can follow today’s soap opera here. And this is the head.

Service in and out of New York Penn Station from New Jersey has been restored, but delays are expected after a temporary suspension earlier this morning, according to NJ Transit.

Spokeswoman Penny Bassett Hackett said the problem began when Amtrak was unable to close the portal bridge in Kearny.

Filed under: Amtrak, Passenger Rail Politics, Passenger Rail Transportatio Policy, Regional USA Passenger Rail, Travel Woes

2 Responses

  1. lou says:

    i know its horrible… it should clear up around 2016 when arc opens up and replaces the portal bridge. the northeast corridor was orginally built by the pennsylvania railroad that had only one line. now the two track tunnel is being used by 4 commuter rail lines and all amtrak service south of nyc… it was never ment to be so heavly used. i heard that during rush hours trains use the tunnel every 45 SECONDS.

  2. Avi says:

    The Portal bridge will be replaced in 2014. ARC will help also, but because of a poor design Amtrak will be unable to use it if there are problems. So an NJT/Amtrak problem will still effect their own system, but at least the delays won’t effect the other system.

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