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NJ Transit Service Resumes Normal Service After Disabled Train Delays Commute at Penn Station

A disabled NJ Transit train delayed travel to and from Penn Station Wednesday morning, the second time in five days that the rush-hour commute there has been snarled due to a disabled train.

The train got stuck in a tunnel just outside Penn Station, delaying trains on the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast, Raritan Valley and MidTown Direct lines by at least 30 minutes, the rail said. 

The train, no. 3708, had gotten disabled east of Penn Station as it was returning to the yard, according to an NJ Transit spokeswoman. No one was on the train. 

The equipment was cleared, and normal service resumed by 10 a.m. The cause of the mechanical difficulty is being investigated, the spokeswoman said. 

Rail problems have been plaguing Penn Station in the last month: an Amtrak train derailed there weeks ago, and an NJ Transit derailment two weeks ago shut down eight of 21 tracks there and disrupted travel in the region for days. 

Last Friday, an NJ Transit train with about 1,200 passengers became stuck in a tunnel between New York and New Jersey for nearly three hours when Amtrak experienced overhead power problems, according to officials. Tension escalated at the overcrowded Penn Station when police response to a belligerent man sparked a stampede.

Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Cory Booker are set to address train infrastructure at Newark Penn Station Wednesday. 

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