NJ Transit Apologizes After Power Woes Cause 3 Days of Suspensions, Delays

NJ Transit apologized to customers Wednesday after Amtrak power problems delayed commuters going to and from New York City for a third consecutive day.

New Jersey Transit was forced to suspend service in and out of the city because of overhead wire problems that affected both tubes of the 105-year-old Hudson River Tunnel early Wednesday.

Amtrak spokesman Craig Schulz said in an email some station tracks and portions of Sunnyside Yard in Queens were also affected.

The problem persisted in the south tube, meaning trains had only one track available.

Power was restored by 7:45 a.m. and NJ Transit rail riders faced delays of up to 90 minutes.

After the delays cleared up, NJ Transit issued an apology for the spate of delays and outages.

"The quality of your commute during the last several days has been unacceptable, and we share in your frustration. We have been in contact with Amtrak at the highest levels, seeking solutions. Again, our apologies," NJ Transit said in the statement.

There were delays on the Northeast Corridor on Tuesday when a signal problem in the Princeton area slowed trains.

A disabled train in one of the tunnels and overhead wire troubles caused delays in and out of Penn Station Monday night when the heat and humidity made it feel like it was over 100 degrees in parts of the New York metropolitan area.

Commuters were already stewing after NJ Transit's board on July 15 approved raising fares for bus and rail riders by about 9 percent starting in October. 

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