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Old NJ Train Bridge That Has Caused Commuter Chaos Gets Permanent Fix in Effort to Prevent Delays

The century-old Portal Bridge over the Hackensack River occasionally becomes stuck when it is put back into place, causing hours of delays

What to Know

  • One of the New York metro region's rail bottlenecks is getting a little help from the Coast Guard
  • Restrictions on when the Portal Bridge can be opened for marine traffic — aka not during rush hour — will be made permanent
  • The century-old bridge over the Hackensack River occasionally becomes stuck when it is put back into place, causing hours of delays

One of the New York metro region's rail bottlenecks is getting a little help from the Coast Guard.

Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez announced Tuesday that restrictions on when the Portal Bridge can be opened for marine traffic will be made permanent.

The Coast Guard had curtailed rush-hour openings over the last several months on a test basis.

The century-old bridge over New Jersey's Hackensack River occasionally becomes stuck when it is put back into place, causing hours of delays for rail travelers between Boston and Washington, D.C.

New Jersey is awaiting federal grant money to begin constructing a new bridge.

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