Benjamin Berkowitz

NJT Nightmare: Dozens of Trains Cancelled Due to Track Work, Crew Problems

The railroad blamed safety work and a high volume of crew absences

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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