What to Know
- NJTransit cancelled at least 20 trains across its network during the rush hour Friday morning
- The railroad blamed both safety work and an elevated level of crew absences
- "We're getting killed," one agency source said of the situation
There are bad commuting days, and then there's what NJ Transit riders had to deal with on Friday.
Between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m., NJ Transit announced the cancellation of at least 21 trains on at least five different lines, including 10 trains on the Morris & Essex line and another six on the Montclair-Boonton line.
"We're getting killed," one NJ Transit source told News 4 New York Friday morning.
In a series of tweets responding to angry customers, NJ Transit blamed two factors: construction work to install Positive Train Control safety systems, and a "higher-than-usual number of crew absences."
By 4 p.m., the total cancellations rose above 30, the majority on the Morris & Essex line.
NJ Transit suspended M&E service in both directions between Summit and Dover, and Gladstone service between Summit and Murray Hill, due to a downed tree on wires near Summit. Buses coming out of the Port Authority Bus Terminal were subject to 30-minute delays.
Furious riders took to social media to condemn the agency.
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