COMMUTER CHAOS: Downed Wires Cause Major Delays for Amtrak and NJ Transit Riders – Limited Service Expected

New York City commuters using Amtrak and NJ Transit should prepare for limited service on Thursday morning following extensive rush hour delays caused by downed wires in Kearny, New Jersey the previous day.

The disruption began during the evening rush on Wednesday, leading to significant delays for many travelers. Amtrak initially announced suspension of service between New York City and Newark due to the downed overhead wires, with subsequent impacts on the New York City to Philadelphia route.

By 9:30 p.m., Amtrak reported that crews were working to clear the tracks and had restored a single track between New York City and Newark, allowing for minimal travel. Some NJ Transit lines experienced delays, with Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coastline service resuming with limited westbound service. However, the Raritan Valley line remained suspended, and Midtown Direct trains were diverted to Hoboken.

Frustration mounted among commuters, captured by Chopper 2 showing crowds outside Newark-Penn Station and stalled trains in Elizabeth. This marked the second consecutive day of significant disruptions on NJ Transit due to the same issue, leaving travelers like Ana Maria Lopez of Caldwell surprised and inconvenienced.

Individuals voiced their exasperation, highlighting the ongoing challenges faced while commuting. The situation led to stranded passengers, like Samantha Taylor and her family from India, seeking alternatives due to canceled trains with no available options for the day.

The impact extended to work obligations, with commuter Lamesha Taylor expressing doubts about reaching Trenton, while Yolanda Crudup of Ewing Township lamented the lack of available buses. The resulting chaos and uncertainty left many stranded or struggling to find alternative transportation amidst the disruptions.

Ultimately, the incident serves as a stark reminder of the vulnerabilities and challenges inherent in relying on public transportation for daily commutes, underscoring the need for improved infrastructure and communication to minimize disruptions in the future.