NJ Transit Resumes Service Between NY, Newark Penn, But With 60-Minute Delays

Another day of headaches on the rails for Metro-North and NJ Transit commuters. Pei-Sze Cheng reports.

(Published Thursday, March 8, 2018)

What to Know

  • Metro-North and NJ Transit commuters are still feeling the effects of Wednesday's nor'easter

  • The storm wreaked havoc on power lines along the busy commuter lines

  • Airports, buses ferries had mostly returned to normal Thursday, but Amtrak was still having some issues along the Northeast Corridor

The second nor'easter to hit the tri-state area in a week crippled travel across the region once again, stranding drivers, canceling nearly 2,000 local flights and prompting a number of rail suspensions.

Metro-North was the biggest casualty from the storm, with the railroad's lines out of Grand Central Terminal brought to a standstill by the weather Wednesday night. By Thursday morning, the railroad was operating on a reduced schedule and three lines remained shut down. NJ Transit also had multiple lines suspended.

But, good news: both rail carriers said they anticipate to have normal weekdady service on Friday.

Here's the latest transit info if you're traveling or commuting Friday morning.

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Metro-North said it would resume a normal weekday schedule on Friday after a day and a half of misery for commuters on all three of the rail carrier's three lines out of Grand Central Terminal.

It comes after service on the Hudson, Harlem and New Haven lines was suspended Wednesday evening due to issues caused by the storm. And on Thursday, commuters had to deal with extremely crowded trains throughout the system, which only carried about 55 percent of its normal passenger capacity.

The railroad still warned customers of possible delays.

Check the latest Metro-North service alerts.

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NJ Transit said rail, bus, light rail and Access Link service will operate on a normal weekday schedule Friday. However, around 6:45 a.m. Friday, service was suspended between New York Penn Station and Newark Penn in both directions due to a trespasser strike at Secaucus. Then about 30 minutes later it resumed service again with delays up to an hour.

NJ Transit was also hard hit by the storm, with bus service being suspended Wednesday afternoon, and several lines seeing suspensions that carried from Wednesday to Thursday.

Check the latest NJ Transit service alerts.


The LIRR, which saw scattered delays and cancellations to several branches Thursday morning after Wednesday's suspensions, but service was good by afternoon, will operate on a normal weekday schedule.

Check the latest LIRR service alerts.


Amtrak said all Northeast Corridor service, which includes Acela Express and Northeast Regional trains, will run on a normal schedule Friday.

The rail carrier was also hampered by Wednesday's storms.

Check the latest Amtrak service alerts.

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All lines were running Thursday and should continue Friday.

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After more than 1,900 flights in and out of the region's three major airports were canceled Wednesday, planes should be moving in and out of Newark LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy airports normally Friday.

Check the latest Port Authority airport service alerts.

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No significant service changes were reported on PATH trains.

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New Yorkers, get ready to move those cars: alternate side parking rules will be in effect Friday.

Motorists should also exercise caution and keep on the lookout for detours as snow cleanup continues throughout the tri-state. But no official closures or restrictions were in effect for Friday.

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NYC Ferry service is running on schedule Friday. Check the latest NYC Ferry alerts.

The Staten Island Ferry is running on schedule.

NY Waterway ferries are running on schedule Friday. Check the latest NY Waterway alerts.

Seastreak ferries are on schedule. Check the latest Seastreak alerts.