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How to Get Out of (and Into) New York Tonight After Amtrak Derailment

An Amtrak derailment mostly shut New York Penn Station on Friday

If you're trying to get from New York to New Jersey tonight, or vice versa, you may have an hours-long (or very expensive) trip ahead of you. 

A minor Amtrak derailment left New York Penn Station temporarily out of service for New Jersey Transit and Amtrak customers. Here's a guide for your best options to get across the river.


  • NJ Transit said a majority of trains on the Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast Lines were operating as scheduled Friday evening, except for several trains traveling into Penn Station. 
  • NJT expects to operate on a regular weekend schedule Saturday, but Northeast Corridor trains that operate between Rahway and Penn Station New York may be cancelled on Saturday.
  • Midtown Direct trains will run in and out of Hoboken only, and NJT warned service at Hoboken would be affected by the extra trains, particularly service toward Summit. 
  • PATH service is running normally between Manhattan and locations in New Jersey. NJ Transit said cross-honoring was in effect at Newark Penn Station, Hoboken and 33rd Street. 
  • NJ Transit buses and private bus carriers are also cross-honoring. 
  • Hoboken services were impacted and some Summit-bound trains were impacted, NJT said.
  • Amtrak said its Northeast Regional trains would run as planned via Newark into New York. According to Amtrak's website, tickets on Northeast Regional trains were still available as of Friday afternoon, at prices starting at $40 for the 20-minute ride. 
  • Amtrak said Keystone Service would end and originate in Newark where passengers could transfer to Northeast Regional trains into New York. PATH would also honor Keystone Service ticketed passengers in and out of New York.
  • The Empire Service would terminate and originate in Yonkers. A Metro North shuttle train would transport passengers to and from Grand Central Terminal.
  • If you can find your way across the river, Northeast Corridor, New Jersey Coast Line and Raritan Valley Line will operate to and from Newark and Secaucus. 
  • The MTA said four of the nine Penn Station tracks used by the LIRR for the evening rush hour were not available, reducing its service by almost 50 percent during Friday's evening peak. Expect delays and cancellations.
  • The LIRR was providing normal peak service from Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn and Hunterspoint Avenue.
An Amtrak train bound for Washington, D.C., had a minor derailment as it was leaving New York’s Penn Station at the height of Friday’s morning rush, bumping an NJ Transit train and shattering windows but causing no serious injuries, authorities said.


  • NY Waterway said its ferries would accept NJ Transit tickets on all routes for the day.


  • Expect delays at the Hudson River crossings Friday night. As of midday Friday crossing times were normal, according to 511NJ, though delays were mounting at the Holland Tunnel. 
  • Uber's app indicated increased demand, and therefore higher fares, for trips from midtown Manhattan to commuter suburbs in New Jersey. (One trip, from Rockefeller Plaza to Maplewood some 22 miles west, was quoted by the app at $132.)  The company did not respond to requests for comment on its surge or discount plans for Friday evening.
A New Jersey Transit train entering New York Penn Station and an Amtrak train leaving Penn Station apparently sideswiped each other Friday morning.
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