NJ Transit to resume full service on Friday

Troy Powers
April 8, 2017

Christie has also ordered NJ Transit executives to appear at stations today to discuss Monday's derailment, and said through a spokesman that senior officials will assist commuters at Newark, Hoboken and NY stations.

According to a letter penned by Christie for Amtrak's chairman, the governor has directed New Jersey Transit to withhold funds until an independent inspection is conducted along Amtrak's Northeast Corridor. "It's our job to make sure that commuters and intercity passengers can safely and reliably travel along the Northeast Corridor and we know we let them down with these recent derailments".

At the news conference Moorman said the derailment occurred in a confined space, which has made it hard for workers to complete the repairs as quickly as needed.

The compromised wooden beams allowed trains to widen the gauge of the rails, so when a NJ Transit train pulled into Track 9 at Penn on Monday, it "shoved the rails apart", causing the train's wheels to fall off of them, he said.

Amtrak President and CEO Wick Moorman says he values their partnership with NJ Transit and LIRR, and shares the frustration from the derailments.

The governor also sent letters Thursday to Democratic senators Cory Booker and Bob Menendez, Republican representatives Rodney Frelinghuysen and Frank LoBiondo and Democratic Rep. Albio Sires.

Eight of Penn Station's 21 tracks went out of service Monday when an NJ Transit train derailed.

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A different track problem was behind another derailment less than two weeks ago, he said.

Moorman says that the condition of the ties was noted during a previous inspection, but it was determined that it wasn't in danger of imminent failure. Bearing the brunt of criticism from angry riders, their directors took aim at Amtrak, which owns and operates the tracks, signals and switches at New York Penn.

Moorman said Thursday he would begin personally reviewing infrastructure at all Amtrak stations as the company seeks to prevent future derailments. The cause appeared to be a mismatch of two rail pieces, Moorman said. "I can say that we expect to have full service restored here at Penn Station by tomorrow morning". However, New Jersey Transit said there was still some work being done and its customers "may experience some delays". The passage, damaged during Hurricane Sandy, must be closed for a complete overhaul, and has less than 20 years of serviceable use, Amtrak has said.

"Our plan is to work around the clock until we have the repairs done", Amtrak COO Scot Naparstek told the Times yesterday.

He says an Amtrak train derailed in March because the track was misaligned.

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Be Civil - It's OK to have a difference in opinion but there's no need to be a jerk. "But you have to use the money to put the tracks in the right condition".